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President Obama: No Country Where We Have No-Spy Agreement

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President Barack Obama says there is no country with which the United States has "a no-spy agreement." But he says the United States endeavors to protect privacy rights as it collects foreign intelligence.
 
Obama says the United States and its allies remain concerned about specific potential terrorist networks that could attack and kill innocent people. He says the U.S. will have to maintain a robust intelligence gathering effort, but says it will respect privacy.
 
Obama made his remarks during a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande.
 
The Obama administration has come under severe criticism from allies in Europe and elsewhere following revelations that their leaders had been subject to U.S. spying.

Meanwhile, President Obama says companies that explore business possibilities in Iran do so at their own risk. He says if they violate sanctions against Tehran, the U.S. will come down on them "like a ton of bricks."
 
The United States and France are among the countries who signed an interim nuclear agreement that halts progress on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing international sanctions. Talks on a final deal begin next week in Vienna. 
 
The Obama administration has objected to the interest French businesses have shown in Iran since the sanctions were eased. More than 100 French executives visited Tehran last week, a trip Secretary of State John Kerry called "not helpful."

And - President Obama says peace talks to end Syria's civil war are far from achieving their goal of halting violence and facilitating a political transition.
 
Obama says the situation on the ground in Syria is horrendous. He says the state of Syria is crumbling and it's bad for global security.
 
Obama says there's enormous frustration. But he says not to discount the fact that for the first time recently, Syria's government and opposition rebels sat in the same room together during peace talks.

The United States and France have been working to end the war in Syria, a former French colony. But peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces have gained little traction. (AP)

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