President Obama Warns Iran He Won’t Take Nuclear Weapons Threat Lightly
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Days before sitting down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama warned he was serious about attacking Iran should the country build nuclear weapons.

“I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff,” he said in an interview with The Atlantic on Friday.

However, Obama also cautioned the U.S. ally that premature attacks on Iran would do more harm than good.

“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 told the monthly magazine that Iran and Israel both understand that “a military component” is among the list of options for dealing with Iran, along with sanctions and diplomacy.

Netanyahu called Iran’s nuclear ambitions a “grave threat to the peace and security of the world.” He also encouraged the international community to stop the threat from materializing.

“As for Israel, like any sovereign country, we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country, against a country that calls and works for our destruction.”

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Sadé Muhammad is a news intern at Before Black Enterprise, she was a fashion writer for, blogger and research intern for, and a marketing and web intern for WPVI-TV/6ABC in Philadelphia, PA. Sadé is a senior magazine journalism major and honors student at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. With a passion for empowerment and solidarity among women of color, she is developing a print and online lifestyle magazine catering to this very audience for her senior thesis. When she’s not writing, she is talking fashion, travel, and Knicks basketball.