BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBSDC/AP) — President Obama offered a stern position on Iran during Monday night’s final presidential debate.

Speaking about how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, the president says Iran could be facing consequences sooner rather than later.

“The clock is ticking” on Iran, Obama said during the debate.

Obama added that he won’t allow Iran to take control of negotiations that lead to nowhere.

The president has taken criticism from the right for claiming he does not have Israel’s best intentions. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has even called on Obama to draw a “red line” with Iran in regards to the Islamic state’s nuclear program.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that he would tighten sanctions on Iran under his administration and they he would always have Israel’s back.

In recent weeks, the former Massachusetts governor has stepped up his criticism of the president’s handling of international matters, although his campaign hasn’t spent any of its television advertising budget on commercials on the subject.

In a speech earlier this month, Romney accused the president of an absence of strong leadership in the Middle East, where popular revolutions have swept away autocratic regimes in Egypt and elsewhere in the past two years. He has also accused Obama of failing to support Israel strongly enough, of failing to make it clear that Iran will not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon and of backing cuts in the defense budget that would harm military readiness.

Yet Romney has stumbled several times in attempting to establish his own credentials.

He offended the British when he traveled to England this summer and made comments viewed as critical of their preparation for the Olympic Games.

Democrats pounced when he failed to mention the U.S. troops in Afghanistan or Iraq during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in late August, and officials in both parties were critical of his comments about the attack in Benghazi while the facts were unknown.

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