Rice: Recent events support 'axis of evil' claim

October 25, 2006 03:45

Recent events in Iran and North Korea support President Bush's 2002 claim that those nations were part of an "axis of evil," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday. After discussions of the North Korean nuclear test and the anti-Semitic remarks of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, conservative radio host Sean Hannity asked Rice about the axis remark. "You think of some of the world reaction to the president's use of the word `axis of evil,' and then you see how events have been unfolding," Hannity remarked. "It was a pretty good analysis, wasn't it?" Rice replied. "It really was." "The president three years ago realized that in order to manage the North Korean nuclear problem, a problem that's been going for decades, we have to have a regional coalition," Rice said in the interview. "This isn't something the United States was going to be able to do alone." On Iran, Rice said that nation's people deserved a better leader. She predicted that the UN Security Council would approve sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program "in the next few weeks."

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