Obama: US, Israel will work against Iran nukes

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work in “lockstep” with Israel to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power and says he hopes that the crisis will be resolved diplomatically.

Obama told NBC in an interview from the White House on Sunday that Israel is “rightly” very concerned about Iran’s nuclear program. He said both Israel and the U.S. “believe that Iran has to stand down.”

Last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wouldn’t dispute a report that he believes Israel may attack Iran this spring in an attempt to set back the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.

When asked about a potential attack by Iran on the U.S., Obama said, “We don’t see any evidence that they have those intentions or capabilities right now.”