After the G8 summit in Italy, U.S. President Barack Obama said that the group got exactly what it wanted – “a statement of unity and strong condemnation,” and the statement was made even more substantial because Russia, “which doesn’t make statements like that lightly,” was included, reported the Associated Press.
The Associated Press reported that Obama said the leaders would reevaluate Iran’s progress during the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh in September.
Obama is reported by the Washington Post to have said that he looks forward to Iran negotiating the development of their nuclear programs, but “if Iran chooses not to walk through that door, then you have on record the G8, to begin with, but I think potentially a lot of other countries that are going to say we need to take further steps.
“We also say we’re not going to just wait indefinitely and allow for the development of a nuclear weapon, the breach of international treaties, and wake up one day and find ourselves in a much worse situation and unable to act.”
However, Obama was sure to make clear that he was continuing his strategy to connect with Iran diplomatically, whereas President George W. Bush practiced a policy of isolation, reported the Washington Post.
CNN reported that the G8 released a statement expressing their dedication “to finding a diplomatic solution to the issue of Iran’s nuclear program,” though Iran “has the right to a civilian nuclear program,” the operation of such programs “comes with responsibility to restore confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.”