WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is criticizing US President Barack Obama for his failure to handle the Iranian nuclear issue.
In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Romney said that Obama has had “some successes and he's had some failures” in the field of foreign policy.
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“The president hasn’t drawn us any further away from a nuclear Iran,” Romney said. “That’s his greatest (foreign policy) failure.”
Romney (Photo: AP)
“President Obama had a policy of engagement with Ahmadinejad. That policy has not worked, and we’re closer to a nuclear weapon as a result of that. I will have a very different approach with regards to Iran.
"And it’s an approach which, by the way, the president’s finally getting closer to. It begins with crippling sanctions. That should have been put in place long ago.”
Asked about his own red line in connection to Iran's nuclear program, he said that the US must use any resource at its disposal to derail the program, but stressed that the military option should not be put off the table.
President Obama has a slight edge over Romney following last week's Democratic National Convention. Sources close to Romney said that the "swing states" will determine the election. “Their map has many more routes to victory,” said a top Republican official.
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