Ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday, President Barack Obama is saying that he will order the U.S. military to destroy Iran's nuclear program if economic sanctions fail to compel Tehran to shelve its nuclear ambitions.
Speaking to Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, in the most extensive interview he has given about the looming Iran crisis, Obama said that both Iran and Israel should take seriously the possibility of American action against Iran's nuclear facilities.
He added, “I also don’t, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say.
“When I say this is in the U.S. interest, I'm not saying this is something we'd like to solve,” Obama said. “I’m saying this is something we have to solve.”