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Bill Clinton: Iran Poses 'Suitcase Nuke' Threat

Sunday, 27 Jun 2010 08:50 PM

The key nuclear threat that Iran poses to the world, according to former President Bill Clinton, is the risk that it may sell dangerous materials that could be used in suitcase bombs.

That’s what Clinton said Sunday at the Global Economic Forum in South Africa.

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"The major danger of Iran becoming a nuclear power, the material they would have to amass to make these bombs will become the juiciest target in the world for non-state actors who would like to have suitcase nuclear bombs," Clinton said. "Will they sell it to them? Will they give it to them? Can it be stolen by some corrupt person in the supply chain?"

While stressing that it is crucial to stop nuclear weapons from getting into the wrong hands, Clinton said it will be difficult to successfully intervene in Iran's affairs — the nation has been consistently resistant of international efforts to put an end to its nuclear ambitions.

"We have to trot a very delicate line. We don't want to basically gut the forces of democracy and freedom by strengthening the reactionary forces in control by making a deal with them," Clinton said. "On the other hand, if we can make a deal that would be enforceable, it'd be worth doing. I'm not prepared to say we can't stop it, but I think you all need to know why it's so hard — there are no good options here."

At the April Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, the 47 countries in attendance agreed to secure the world's vulnerable nuclear materials within the next four years — a non-binding goal. The purpose is to ensure nuclear materials do not slip into the hands of terrorists.

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