Saturday, February 04, 2006

Diplomatic Solution to Iran

"There's only one thing worse than military action, that is a nuclear-armed Iran."

MUNICH, Germany - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld urged the world Saturday to find a diplomatic solution to halt Iran' s nuclear program, but Sen. John McCain only hours later said that military action could not be ruled out.

Rumsfeld told an international security conference that the United States stands "with the Iranian people, the women, the young people, who want a peaceful, democratic future," and he accused Tehran of sponsoring terrorism. "The Iranian regime is today the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism," he said. "The world does not want, and must work together to avoid, a nuclear Iran."

Despite Rumsfeld's call for diplomacy, McCain said military action could not be ruled out if diplomatic efforts fail to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. "Every option must remain on the table," McCain told the security conference after Rumsfeld spoke. "There's only one thing worse than military action, that is a nuclear-armed Iran."

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