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Sen. McCain Accuses Iran of 'Reckless Behavior'

Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 08:50 AM

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain labels Iran "a threat" to the Persian Gulf, saying an assassination plot allegedly hatched in Tehran dramatizes how closely the government must be watched.

Addressing the purported plan to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, McCain says he was surprised at "how ridiculously inept it was."

Also on "The Early Show" on CBS today, the Arizona Republican faulted President Barack Obama for failing to publicly embrace Iranian street protests in Tehran in 2009. McCain calls it "an opportunity that we lost."

McCain also said that, if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, "This kind of reckless behavior they've displayed here could translate into a real serious problem." There can be little doubt that Iran is "trying to exert a Persian hegemony in the region," he said.

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