Hardliners in the U.S. criticized the part of the State of the Union Speech by President Barrack Obama where he reiterated a willingness to allow diplomacy time to work with regard to Iran and its nuclear program.
The U.S. leader acknowledged the difficulty in the ongoing talks with leaders in Tehran by saying he would veto any sanctions bill containing new sanctions that the U.S. Congress sends for him to sign.
Iran has continued to deny it is trying to develop nuclear weapons, saying the nuclear research being done is aimed at the civilian sectors of medicine and energy.
Obama said he was clear-eyed regarding the standoff with Tehran, he spoke of the Islamic Republic joining the rest of the world if the negotiation process is successful.
The U.S. President then spoke about achievements that his administration has made with Tehran.
Obama said advanced centrifuges are not being installed. Inspections by UN experts are helping to verify each day that Iran does not plan to build a bomb.
Obama said that if Presidents such as John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan were able to sit and negotiate with the Soviet Union, then he certainly could with adversaries much less powerful.
On the day Obama was giving his State of the Union address at the Capitol, David Petraeus the former CIA chief was visiting Israel where he said the U.S. would use military force if needed.
He said there is great wariness amongst the American population to the use of military interventions overseas, Washington still had not yet ruled out its military option.
In November, Iran agreed to fulfill the Geneva talks demands, which reduced its uranium enrichment program to 5%, which is far below the necessary percentage to build a bomb.
Iran agreed as well to monitoring by the international community of its research facilities related to its nuclear program, to prove it was not sliding back on its many promises.
In exchanged China, Russia, France, Germany, Britain and the United States agreed to the easing of nearly $7 billion in sanctions against Tehran, while negotiators work on the final accord.