Kissinger warns of Israeli action against Iran
Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger called on Thursday for "serious" international negotiations with Iran to prevent it from becoming nuclear in "the foreseeable future," warning of a dangerous situation which could force an Israeli military strike.
"Unilateral intervention by Israel would be a desperate last resort, but the Iranians have to understand that if they keep using the negotiations to gain time to complete a nuclear program then the situation will become extremely dangerous," Kissinger, 89, told the World Economic Forum in Davos. "If Iran acts as a nation and not as a revolutionary cause, there is no reason for America or other permanent members of the UNSC to be in conflict with it, nor any countries in the region. On that basis I would hope that a negotiated solution would be found in a measurable time."
He added: "For 15 years, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have declared that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable, but it has been approaching," he said. "In a few years, people will have to come to a determination of how to react, or the consequences of non-reaction. I believe this point will be reached in a very foreseeable future."