February 21, 2012 / 6:26 PM / 8 years ago

White House: still time for Iran diplomacy to work

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday there is still enough time for diplomacy with Iran to work and prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

“Israel and the United States share the same objective, which is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said when asked about a weekend visit to Israel by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

“There is time and space for diplomacy to work, for the effect of sanctions to result in a change of Iranian behavior,” Carney told reporters, saying this was “the context of the discussions” that Donilon had with Israeli officials.

Reporting By Laura MacInnis and Missy Ryan; Editing by Sandra Maler

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