The United States and other nations will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, US Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.
"Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions," Cheney said in a speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Studies.
He said Iran's efforts to pursue technology that would allow it to build a nuclear weapon are obvious and that "the regime continues to practice delay and deceit in an obvious effort to buy time."
If Iran continues on its current course, Cheney said the US and other nations are prepared to take action. The vice president made no specific reference to military action. "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon," he said.