US President Barack Obama intends to tell Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in their upcoming meeting that he wants to solve the Iranian nuclear problem "permanently, as opposed to temporarily."
In an interview with The Atlantic released on Friday, Obama said, "Our argument is going to be that it is important for us to see if we
can solve this thing permanently, as opposed to temporarily."
He continued, "The only way historically that a country has ultimately decided not
to get nuclear weapons without constant military intervention has been
when they themselves take [nuclear weapons] off the table. That's what
happened in Libya, that's what happened in South Africa."
According to The Atlantic, Obama was concerned that a premature Israeli strike on Iran would make the regime less isolated.
"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?" the President rhetorically asked.
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