Iran General NewsCheney says all options available for Iran

Cheney says all options available for Iran

-

Reuters: Vice President Dick Cheney said on Friday the United States retains all options in keeping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons but the White House stressed it was seeking a diplomatic outcome. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney said on Friday the United States retains all options in keeping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons but the White House stressed it was seeking a diplomatic outcome.

Reaffirming longstanding U.S. policy, Cheney told ABC News in an interview while on a trip to Australia: “As we’ve said, we’re doing everything we can to resolve it diplomatically, but we haven’t taken any options off the table.”

In addition, The Weekend Australian newspaper said in its Internet edition that Cheney has endorsed Republican Sen. John McCain’s proposition that the only thing worse than a military confrontation with Iran would be a nuclear-armed Iran.

The Bush administration has long maintained that all options are on the table in dealing with Tehran, but at the same time Washington insists that it is pursuing a diplomatic strategy to deal with what it and its allies view as the threat of Iran’s nuclear program.

The Weekend Australian reported that Cheney said in an interview he had no doubt Iran, which insists its nuclear program is peaceful, was striving to enrich uranium to the point where it could make nuclear weapons.

“You get various estimates of where the point of no return is,” Cheney told the newspaper. “Is it when they possess weapons or does it come sooner, when they have mastered the technology but perhaps not yet produced fissile material for weapons?”

Cheney’s comments came a day after Tehran ignored a U.N. deadline to stop work on enriching uranium which the West says will be used to make atom bombs.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto was asked about Cheney’s comments later by reporters in Washington.

“We’re focused on a diplomatic solution, I think we’ve said that many times, that’s clearly our preference and that is you know consuming our energies right now in our deliberations with the other interested parties at the U.N. and countries in region,” Fratto said.

“We clearly want to see a diplomatic solution to this … The emphasis is on diplomacy and there’s no reason for us to change which options are or are not on the table,” he said.

The U.N. Security Council had given Iran until February 21 to halt uranium enrichment, a process that can make fuel for power plants or material for warheads. The U.N. watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday Iran had not heeded the demand.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany will meet in London next week to discuss possible further steps in addition to U.N. sanctions barring the transfer of nuclear technology and know-how that were imposed in December.

Latest news

The Untold Story of Iran Regime’s Assassinated Qods Force Commander

On the evening of May 22, IRGC Colonel Hassan Sayad Khodai, one of the senior commanders of the Iranian...

Not Even India Invests in Iran’s Ports

Over the past few years, India has been expanding Iran’s port of Chabahar, seeking to send goods through this...

Khamenei’s Wrong Decisions and Its Poisoning Result

In recent days, many demonstrations have taken place across Iran, protesting the Iranian regime’s decisions to increase the price...

Iran: Officials Promote Starving Citizens Under a ‘Great Economic Plan’

Over the past four decades, the Iranian regime has been infamous for making false statements. As a result, citizens...

After Coronavirus, Iran’s Regime Kills People Through Starvation

Multiple protests have recently erupted in various cities across Iran, following the 100 to 400 percent increase in the...

Requirements for a Simple Life in Iran; the Unattainable Dream

It is no exaggeration to say that Iran's economy is in a major freefall. All economic indicators are suggesting...

Must read

Iran oil exports exaggerated, U.S. officials say

Bloomberg: Iran is exaggerating its crude oil export figures and...

U.S. not expected to directly aid Iran reactor project

Reuters: The United States is not expected to provide...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you