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January 23, 2006

Bolten: Nuclear-armed Iran Could Blackmail The World

Topics: Iran

From DEBKAfile comes this short but alarming report:

Speaking at Kansas State University, the US president saw in Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadnijed's wish to wipe Israel off the map a sign that Iran sought a nuclear arsenal. The next logical step, said Bush, is for the UN nuclear watchdog to refer the Iranian case to the Security Council for sanctions.

An IAEA crisis meeting has been called for Feb. 2, but director Elbaradai wants it postponed by a month for his report.

In a recorded speech to the Herzliya conference, American UN ambassador John Bolton said Monday the threat to wipe Israel off the map is a threat against the world.

From The Guardian, we see that the president is making it perfectly clear that the U.S. stands with Israel against the Iranian threat, and commits the US to the defence of Israel against threats from Iran, saying he would not allow the world to be "blackmailed" by an Iranian nuclear weapon.

Posted by Richard at January 23, 2006 11:14 PM

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