02/21/2012 01:25 pm ET Updated Apr 22, 2012

White House: Still Time For Iran Diplomacy To Work

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday there is still enough time for diplomacy with Iran to work and prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

"Israel and the United States share the same objective, which is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," White House spokesman Jay Carney said when asked about a weekend visit to Israel by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

"There is time and space for diplomacy to work, for the effect of sanctions to result in a change of Iranian behavior," Carney told reporters, saying this was "the context of the discussions" that Donilon had with Israeli officials. (Reporting By Laura MacInnis and Missy Ryan; Editing by Sandra Maler)