Clinton rules out military action against Iran

DUBAI: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her country has no plan for military action against Iran over its nuclear programme, in a television interview yesterday.

“Obviously, we don’t want Iran to become a nuclear weapons power, but we are not planning anything other than going for sanctions,” she told Al-Arabiya television. “What we are focusing on is trying to change Iranian behaviour, and the international community has been united in trying to send a message to Iran that it is time for it to clarify its intentions,” she said. “We want to try to get the strongest sanctions we can out of the United Nations Security Council ... mostly to influence their decision-making,” said Clinton, interviewed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

On Israel’s refusal to rule out military option against its arch-foe Iran, she said “there are many countries in the region who are very worried about Iran’s actions. “And there may well be those who think, well, we have to do something to protect ourselves,” said Clinton, but Washington believes “the better approach is to join at the international community, to work together toward sanctions, to exert pressure on the Iranians, and to try every way we can to change their thinking.”