on Monday that any U.S. military action against the Syrian regime is in part
aimed to send a message to its
part of a public effort by the White House to build support in order for
Congress to authorize President Barack Obama to use military action against
President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against its own people
since it raises threats to other countries in the region, including Israel, the
region’s top U.S. ally.
influence of the United States, which has joined Israel and European nations in
warning Iran against developing nuclear weapons.
“We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon,” Rice declared.
“As the president has said, all options remain on the table. For our
efforts to succeed, however, the leaders in Tehran must know that the United
States means what we say.”.
“If we do not respond when Iran’s close ally uses weapons of mass
destruction, what message does that send to Iran? It risks suggesting that the
international community cannot muster the will to act when necessary,” Rice
on Syria last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also
warned that failure to take action over Syria’s use of chemical weapons would
damage the credibility of America’s pledge to prevent Iran from obtaining a
America’s other security commitments – including the president’s commitment to
prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” he said, adding, “The
word of the United States must mean something.”
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