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Obama: Gulf nation leaders support Iran nuclear talks

President Barack Obama, center, makes a statement to members of the media after meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David in Maryland, Thursday, May 14, 2015. Obama and leaders from six Gulf nations are trying to work through tensions sparked by the U.S. bid for a nuclear deal with Iran, a pursuit that has put regional partners on edge. Obama is seeking to reassure the Gulf leaders that the U.S. overtures to Iran will not come at the expense of commitments to their security. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says leaders of Gulf allies at a summit have agreed that a comprehensive, verifiable deal that blocks Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon would serve everyone’s interests.

But Obama says the region will still face a range of threats whether a final deal is or isn’t reached with Iran by a June 30 deadline.

He says the U.S. and the Gulf nations pledged Thursday to work together to address the threats, including those blamed on destabilizing behavior by Iran.

Obama and leaders from six Gulf nations met during a rare summit at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

Gulf states fear that lifting economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program will embolden Iran to behave more aggressively in the region.

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