Bill Clinton: Iran unlikely to use nuclear weapons

Fmr president says nuclear-armed Iran more likely to give fissile material to terrorists, US should keep military option open.

December 22, 2011 10:09
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Former US President Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton 311. (photo credit: Eduardo Munoz / Reuters)


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Former US President Bill Clinton said he believes a nuclear-armed Iran would be unlikely to launch the weapon at Israel.

"The Iranians, I think, would be crazy to launch a nuclear weapon, because their whole society would disappear," Clinton told Fox's Bill O'Reilly Wednesday.

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But the former president did not take the consequences of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon lightly.

"What I think would happen is you have all this fissile material, then you give it to a terrorist group and they have a series of suitcase bombs, and that could terrify and paralyze the world without fear of a nuclear cloud over Jerusalem."

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Discussing how to best deal with the challenge, Clinton said "I do not believe the president should take the military option off the table," but pointed out that both Americans and Israelis worried such a strike would be complicated and do little to set back the program, making alternative measures attractive. "There may be more than one way to skin a cat. They set 'em back pretty good, whoever gummed up their computer capacities."

Addressing Russian and Chinese recalcitrance on imposing harsher sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Clinton pointed to the domestic concerns both nations face from restive Muslims.

"It's dangerous for the Russians because of all the restive Muslims on their underbelly. Many of them have difficult living conditions, and are fertile ground for terrorism. And it's dangerous for the Chinese because of Muslims in their Northwest in the same sort of circumstances."

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