President Warns Against Premature Strike by Israel
President Barack Obama said in an interview published by The Atlantic magazine on Friday that he means it when he insists it's unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.
Obama told The Atlantic magazine that Iran and Israel both understand that “a military component” is one of a mix of many options for dealing with Iran, along with sanctions and diplomacy.
“I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don't bluff,” he said in the interview. "I also don't, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But (both) governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say.”
Obama also warned that a premature strike by Israel might inadvertently help Iran.
“At a time when there is not a lot of sympathy for Iran and its only real ally (Syria) is on the ropes, do we want a distraction in which suddenly Iran can portray itself as a victim?”
Source: The Atlantic/AP, 2 March 2012