Incoming US President Barack Obama will likely face a “serious crisis” over Iran‘s nuclear ambitions in his first year in office, former US defense secretary William Perry predicted here Thursday.
By Lachlan Carmichael, AFP
Incoming US President Barack Obama will likely face a “serious crisis” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions in his first year in office, former US defense secretary William Perry, pictured here in October 2008, predicted here Thursday.(AFP/File/Torsten Blackwood)
Perry told a foreign policy forum here that Obama must find a new diplomatic approach to stop Iran’s suspected nuclear arms quest because Israel — which has held out the threat of military action — will not “sit idly by.”
The star-studded event sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) was dominated by calls for Obama to check the spread of nuclear know-how and to promote peace and security in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“If Iran and North Korea cannot be contained, we are facing a real danger of a cascade of nuclear proliferation,” Perry warned said. “Indeed I believe that today we are truly on the tipping point of nuclear proliferation.”