Romney: Military strike on Iran may be unnecessary

September 28, 2012 - 3:35 PM
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FILE - In this July 29, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem. Romney is set to speak by telephone with Netanyahu on Friday. The Republican presidential nominee's campaign confirms the scheduled conversation. It would come the same day that President Barack Obama also is expected to speak with Netanyahu phone. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says he doesn't believe military action will be necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The Republican presidential nominee says he discussed the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) by telephone Friday afternoon. Romney later told reporters traveling with him that it's unclear whether there is any difference between their so-called "red lines" on when launching military action against Iran would be appropriate.

Romney says he can't completely take the military option off the table because Iran needs to take the threat seriously. But he says he does not believe force will ultimately be needed.

Netanyahu argues that an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities may be the only answer.

President Barack Obama also spoke to Netanyahu on Friday.