Former national security adviser to US President Barack Obama, James Jones, warned of Tehran's role in uprisings in the Middle East, saying "you can bet that Iran is affecting virtually everything and trying to play in every one of these countries where we’re having some difficulties … Iran is out there agitating things.” Jones made the comments in an interview with CNN aired on Sunday.
“(Iran) is flying under the radar right now because, you know, you don’t hear too much about their nuclear program because everyone else is focused elsewhere,” Jones stated.RELATED:
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He added that chaos reigning in the region is something the Iranian government is "reasonably happy with."
Jones expressed worry about unrest in Yemen and President Ali Abdullah Saleh losing control over the country.
“The danger is that Yemen now will become a safe haven for terrorist
organizations like al Qaida,” Jones said. “I think proactive engagement
is much more economical than waiting until it, you know metastasizes,
then you have another Afghanistan or something like that. The good news
is I think we know a lot about where these organizations are going. The
question is what do we do about it and when.”
Jones also addressed the situation in Libya saying that the
international coalition cannot leave the country until Muammar Gaddafi
is out of power.
He stated that a transition must be made from the current humanitarian
mission to an operation that would prevent Gaddafi from staying in
control of Libya.