Mitt Romney would support Israel’s decision to launch a military strike against Iran to keep that country from achieving nuclear capabilities but hopes diplomatic and military measure will dissuade Tehran from pursing its path toward nuclear acquisition, a top foreign policy adviser for the GOP presidential candidate said Sunday.

“Gov. Romney believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so,” said adviser Dan Senor, previewing a speech Romney is scheduled to make Sunday afternoon. ”In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded. Gov. Romney recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself, and that it is right for America to stand with it.

Romney later attempted to clarify his position.

“I respect the right of Israel to defend itself, and we stand with Israel in peace,” he said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

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