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United States has duty to block Iran nuclear plans, says Romney

  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has stated his country has a "moral imperative" to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

    Romney made the comments during a visit to Jerusalem and said the U.S. acknowledged Israel's right to defend itself, adding that the U.S. should support Israel.

    "They want to know who will object and who will look the other way. We will not look away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel."

    He went on to say Iran was "the most destabilizing nation in the world" and that the U.S. had "a solemn duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran's leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions".

    According to Romney, President Barack Obama, who has chosen to use sanctions to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, has undermined Israel and supported its enemies.

    Romney also opened his speech by referring to Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which the current U.S. administration and most of the international community does not do.

    Israel claims the entire city but Palestinians want the eastern part of Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.