Obama has failed on Iran, says Romney
02 January 2012, 10:11
Atlantic - Republican White House hopeful Mitt
Romney charged on Sunday that President Barack Obama has "failed" in his
efforts to get Iran to abandon its suspect nuclear programme.
want to make sure that the people of this nation understand that he
failed us not only here at home, he's failed us in dealing with the
greatest threat we face, which comes from Iran," Romney said at a
campaign stop at a diner here.
"This is a failed presidency," the
former Massachusetts governor and millionaire venture capitalist
declared two days before Iowans cast the first votes of the Republican
presidential nominating contest.
His comments came one day after
Obama signed a law targeting Iran's central bank and financial sector
with punishing new sanctions, sending the country's currency, the rial,
to a record low.
On Sunday, Iran defiantly announced that it had
tested a new anti-radar medium-range missile and made an advance in its
The West alleges Tehran is seeking to acquire a
weapons capability under the guise of its nuclear research program. Iran
denies any such ambition and says its work is only for civil energy and
The moves raised the stakes in a simmering
confrontation between the longtime foes, amid fears that Iran could make
good on threats to close the world's most important oil route, the
Strait of Hormuz, in response to new pressure.