Rice: It's time to confront the Iranian regime

Former US secretary of state says Iranian regime has no legitimacy, military option should never be taken of the table.

November 6, 2011 19:06
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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)


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Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that it's time for the United States to confront Iran, and that it should never take the military option off the table, in an ABC interview with Christiane Amanpour.

"I think it's time to confront the Iranian regime because It's the poster child for state sponsorship of terrorism, it's trying to get a nuclear weapon, it's repressed its own people. The regime has absolutely no legitimacy left. We should be doing everything we can to bring it down and never take military force off the table," she said.

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In addition to keeping the military option open, Rice pointed to "even tougher sanctions" as a means of confronting the Islamic Republic.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is set to release a report on Iran's nuclear program this week, which is said to have damning evidence of its nuclear activity.

Rice also commented on plans for the United States to withdraw its troops from Iraq this year, noting that, "This is one of the downsides of having our forces out of Iraq, because we can confront the Iranians in Iraq." 

US President Barack Obama promised to remove American troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

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