Obama, Romney respond to new long-range weapons in Iran

Iran state television has reported that the country’s military has built a new long-range weapon. The drone, they say, has a range of 2,000 kilometres and is capable of carrying bombs and missiles. At that range, it would be able to attack almost all of the Middle East, including Israel.

In response, Israel has renewed threats to take action against Iran’s nuclear sites. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a pre-emptive strike against is probably necessary and he rejects U.S. President Barack Obama’s position that economic sanctions against Iran and diplomacy should be given more time before the country turns to military action.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has accused Obama of being too soft on Iran and has appeared to be unequivocally supportive of Israel and any war plans they may have throughout the campaign. In a leaked video, Romney confessed to donors that he doesn’t have much faith in peace prospects between Israelis and Palestinians.

Although President Obama has been weary of calling for war against Iran, he said his administration will “do what they must” to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

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