WASHINGTON, Jun 22: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed on Wednesday the top priorities of US diplomacy around the world, saying that Iran wants to be attacked by somebody because it would unify the Iranian public and legitimize the Islamic regime.
Clinton clarified in an interview with Charlie Rose and Former
Secretary of State James Baker, that the US is "serious that they (Iran)
cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon."
In an installment
of "Conversations on Diplomacy," which was moderated by Rose, Clinton
made a series of harsh analytical remarks regarding the possibility of
nuclear arms development in Tehran.
Baker and Clinton spoke about
the necessity of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon,
noting that containment is not an option, and in the opinion of Baker,
any military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities should come from the
United States because it is the only country with the ability to stop
Iran’s program with force.
"We ought to try every possible avenue
we can to see if we can get them to correct their desire and goal of
acquiring a nuclear weapon, but we cannot let them acquire that weapon.
We are the only country in the world that can stop that," Baker said.
Israelis, in my opinion, do not have the capability of stopping it.
They can delay it. There will also be many, many side effects, all of
them adverse, from an Israeli strike. But at the end of the day, if we
don’t get it done the way the Administration’s working on it now – which
I totally agree with – then we ought to take them out, "he added.
shared Baker's estimated timeframe regarding a possible attack on a
nuclear Iran, saying it could be a year or maybe more. The Secretary of
State reiterated that "It’s not only about Iran and about Iran’s
intentions. It’s about the arms race that would take place in the region
with such unforeseen consequences."
"You name any country with
the means, anywhere near Iran that is an Arab country, if Iran has a
nuclear weapon – I can absolutely bet on it and know I will win – they
will be in the market within hours. And that is going to create a
cascade of difficult challenges for us and for Israel and for all of our
friends and partners," Clinton added.