Obama says he would step up pressure on Iran over nukes

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he would step up diplomatic pressure to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon before Israel feels that "its back is against the wall."

Campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the Illinois Democrat was asked about rumors that Israel has given the go-ahead for an attack on Iran before the U.S. election in November. Obama refused to comment on the rumors but acknowledged that Israel feels threatened and is determined not to allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon.

He says that as president he would try to "make sure we are tightening the screws diplomatically on Iran, that we mobilize world community to go after Iran's nuclear program in a serious way. ... before Israel feels its back is against the wall."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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