(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — President Obama told the Israeli prime minister Monday morning he thinks there is “still a window” in which diplomatic pressure will deter the Iranian nuclear program and that he is thinking about the “costs of any military action” as he contemplates that possibility.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Obama for recently acknowledging that “Israel has the sovereign right to make its own decisions,” but he emphasized that “Israel must be able to defend itself.”

With those brief remarks before television cameras, the two leaders began a closed-door session in the Oval Office in which each will try to persuade the other of a future course of action.

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