July 05, 2009
Vice-President Joe Biden told ABCs This Week on Sunday that the US wouldn’t stand in the way of Israel if they decided Iran was an existential threat.
Transcript of Vice President Joe Biden’s interview on ABC
excerpts from: ‘This Week’ Transcript: Exclusive: Vice President Joe Biden
[transcript of ABC-TV’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ programme on 5 July 2009]
ABC News website, 5 July 2009
ABC: […] [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it pretty clear that he agreed with President Obama to give until the end of the year for this whole process of engagement to work. After that, he’s prepared to make matters into his own hands. Is that the right approach?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: […] If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different than the one being pursued now, that is their sovereign right to do that. […]
ABC: But just to be clear here, if the Israelis decide Iran is an existential threat, they have to take out the nuclear program, militarily the United States will not stand in the way?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Look, we cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do when they make a determination […] that they’re existentially threatened and their survival is threatened by another country.
excerpts from: Transcript: Admiral Mullen, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks at CSIS about Iranian nuke threat and Israeli response
Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA) website, 7 July 2009
|My concern is that the clock has continued to tick. I believe Iran is very focused on developing this capability and […] I think the time window is closing without being exact on what it is, […]|
[US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen’s “Security and Stability in the Broader Middle East: A Cooperative Approach” speech at the Statesmen’s Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 7 July 2009]
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) website, 7 July 2009
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