ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday accused Iran of trying to foment new conflict in the Middle East to distract attention from its nuclear program. She said the Arab world must reject such attempts, sharpen enforcement of sanctions, and back Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Clinton told a pan-Arab television talk show that sanctions against Iran have slowed its progress in developing nuclear weapons. But she said the world has to keep up the pressure. She said that if Iran is able to produce a nuclear weapon, it will spark a disastrous arms race in the region.
At the start of a three-nation tour of the Persian Gulf, Clinton also said Arab countries in particular should work to build confidence between Israel and the Palestinians so that stalled peace talks can resume.