Clinton: Tehran hardliners seek an attack on Iran in order to legitimize the regime (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Natasha Mozgovaya 06/22/12)
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In interview with Charlie Rose, U.S. Secretary of State says some in
the Iran leadership want to provoke a strike on the country in order
to unify the people behind the government.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that there are those in
Iran that would like an attack to occur, in order to unify the
country and legitimize the regime.
During a joint interview with former Secretary of State James Baker
on Charlie Rose, Clinton noted the vigorous debate taking place
within the Iranian leadership.
"There are those who say look, these sanctions are really biting,
we’re not making the kind of economic progress we should be making,
we don’t give up that much by saying we’re not going to do a nuclear
weapon," Clinton said.
"And then frankly, there are those who are saying the best thing that
could happen to us is be attacked by somebody, just bring it on,
because that would unify us, it would legitimize the regime," she
Clinton said that the hardliners inside the Iranian government want
to provoke and attack, because that would strengthen their hold on
Clinton also said that a nuclear Iran would start a regional arms
race that would destabilize the Middle East.
"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 said.
Baker, meanwhile, said that he supported the current U.S.
administration´s way of handling Iran, but emphasized that if someone
was to attack Iran, then it should be the U.S., as opposed to Israel.
"If anybody’s going to do it, we ought to do it because we have the
capability of doing it," Baker said.
In response, Clinton exercised caution and added, "and hopefully we
won’t get to that." (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/22/12)
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