Blair: Nuclear Iran is the 'worst choice'

June 19, 2013 10:06

"No-one wants military action, but a nuclear armed Iran is the worst choice, and we must not make it," Quartet Middle East envoy and former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday.

At the fifth annual Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, Blair added, "We have to be prepared to be strong in defense of our values, that is why Iran is a threat, and we must be determined to confront it."

Blair addressed the crowd on Israeli-Palestinian peace, stating: "Some say two states is a fantasy, the fantasy is thinking one-state is sustainable or consistent with Israeli values."

He added that the two-state solution has a short window of opportunity that "could close, maybe forever."

On US Secretary of State's peace efforts, Blair said Kerry is working hard and that he hopes plan can be put in place in which politics and economics are aligned.

"Peace will symbolize reconciliation not only between two states, but two peoples," Blair stated, adding that the Palestinians "should have state not as a reward but a right."

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