Obama Rejects ‘Offensive Stereotyping’ of Muslims

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US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber at the US Capitol on January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.    Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol on January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

US PRESIDENT SAYS VAST MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS ‘SHARE OUR COMMITMENT TO PEACE’

WASHINGTON (IINA) – U.S. President Barack Obama said that fear of Muslims is unacceptable in American values, rejecting the “anti-Muslim stereotypes”, and also considering the resurgence of anti-Semitism regrettable.

Delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Obama said: “As Americans, we respect human dignity, which is why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims – the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace”.

Obama stressed that the United States will continue to combat terror wherever it exists, saying: “We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks”.

He called on Congress to allow use of military force against ISIS, considering the U.S.-led air campaign against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria successful.

‘New Iran Sanctions Will Be a Failure of Diplomacy’

Meanwhile President Barack Obama warned that if Congress passes new sanctions on Iran, it will “all but guarantee” that delicate nuclear talks with Iran will fail, AP reported. Obama is threatening to veto new sanctions.

US president said in his State of the Union address that if diplomacy fails because of new sanctions, it will alienate the U.S. from its allies and lead Iran to restart its nuclear program. “It doesn’t make sense,” Obama said. Many lawmakers want additional sanctions to increase the pressure on Iran.

Obama said there was a chance to negotiate a comprehensive pact, adding that he is keeping all options on the table to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He pointed out that Americans expect government to go to war only as a last resort.

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