Biden says Obama not bluffing about resolve over Iran's nuclear ambitions

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden recently told 13,000 members and supporters of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that President Barack Obama would be willing to use force to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Biden drew several standing ovations during his speech when he told the pro-Israel audience of Obama's resolve to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions, according to the New York Times.

"Presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff, and President Barack Obama is not bluffing," Biden said, the New York Times reports.

Biden was followed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke to the crowd via-satellite from Israel. Netanyahu said he was looking forward to a visit from the U.S. president in March, but took an overall darker view of Iran's suspected development of a nuclear device.

The prime minister said diplomacy has not worked and that Iran was merely playing for time in its negotiations with major world powers. He said tough economic sanctions have not stopped Tehran from continuing to enrich uranium to use as nuclear fuel, but praised Obama for pledging to not allow Iran to develop a weapon, according to the New York Times.

Netanyahu said he plans to raise the issue with Obama during his upcoming visit.