CAN WE LIVE WITH A NUCLEAR IRAN?

World Leaders Unequivocally Oppose A Nuclear Iran

    United States

  • "We're not going to tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of this Iranian regime." - President Obama, Jan. 19, 2012[1]

  • "…[W]e will not tolerate [Iranian] actions that flout the [Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty], risk an arms race in a vital region, and threaten the credibility of the international community and our collective security." - President Obama, Jan. 19, 2012[2]

  • "In addition to threatening Israel, a nuclear-armed Iran would embolden its terrorist clientele and would spark an arms race that could destabilize the region. This is unacceptable. It is unacceptable to the United States. It is unacceptable to Israel. It is unacceptable to the region and the international community. - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, March 22, 2010[3]

    European Union

  • "We will not accept Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran has so far had no regard for its international obligations and is already exporting and threatening violence around its region." - French President Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Cameron, and German Prime Minister Merkel, January 23, 2012[4]

    France

  • Iran's "military nuclear and ballistic ambitions constitute a growing threat… Iran refuses to negotiate seriously… [and] is carrying out new provocations in response to the challenge from the international community…." - French President Sarkozy, August 31, 2011[5]

    Germany

  • Iran's nuclear behavior "is unacceptable and a danger to world peace - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, January 20, 2012[6]

    Canada

  • Iran "not only wants to attain nuclear weapons but… has, compared to virtually all other holders of nuclear weapons in the past, far less fear of using them… [The Iranian regime] is a gross violator of human rights; …based on an extreme fundamentalist version of its particular religion; …makes threats to its neighbours; and, …is clearly and unequivocally moving towards, not just the production of nuclear weapons, but the acquisition of delivery systems for nuclear weapons. This is a very dangerous situation." - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, February 3, 2012[7]

    Japan

  • I have "strong concerns with regard to the nuclear development being pursued by Iran. This is a concern that is shared with the international community." - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda January 13, 2012[8]

    South Korea

  • [T]he Iranian nuclear issue has been getting worse… But I assure you,… that the [South] Korean government is committed to strongly support and participate in international efforts to resolve [the] issue" of Iran's nuclear development. - South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Jae-shin, January 17, 2012[9]

    China

  • "China adamantly opposes Iran developing and possessing nuclear weapons" - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, January 19, 2012[10]

    United Arab Emirates

  • "We cannot live with a nuclear Iran." - UAE ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al-Otaiba, July 6, 2010[11]

    Bahrain

  • "[T]he danger of letting [Iran's nuclear weapons program] go on is greater than the danger of stopping it." - King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain, 2011[12]

    Saudi Arabia

  • We cannot live in a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and we don't. It's as simple as that…" - Senior Saudi Official close to Prince Turki al-Faisal, June 29, 2011[13]
White House, "Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event," Jan. 19, 2012

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/19/remarks-president-campaign-event
Dipnote Bloggers, "New START Treaty and Protocol," U.S. Department of State Official Blog, April 8, 2010

http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/new_start_treaty_and_protocol
Dipnote Bloggers, "Secretary Clinton Speaks to American Israel Public Affairs Committee," U.S. Department of State Official Blog, March 22, 2010

http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/clinton_remarks_aipac
British Prime Minister's Office, "PM, Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy statement on Iran sanctions," January 23, 2012

http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/iran-sanctions/
EU Business, "EU readies unprecedented Iran oil, bank sanctions," January 20, 2012

http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/iran-nuclear-oil.eo3
John Ivison, "Stephen Harper fears Iran would use nuclear weapons if it was able to produce them," National Post, February 3, 2012

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/03/stephen-harper-fears-iran-would-use-nuclear-weapons-if-it-was-able-to-produce-them/
Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet, "Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda," Friday, January 13, 2012

http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/noda/statement/201201/13kaiken_e.html
Singapore Institute of International Affairs, "Iran sanctions: China opposes Iran nukes; Japan, S'Korea signal willingness to cut Iran oil but cautious on economic impact," January 20, 2012

http://www.siiaonline.org/?q=programmes/insights/iran-sanctions-china-opposes-iran-nukes-japan-s%E2%80%99korea-signal-willingness-cut-ira
Singapore Institute of International Affairs, "Iran sanctions: China opposes Iran nukes; Japan, S'Korea signal willingness to cut Iran oil but cautious on economic impact," January 20, 2012

http://www.siiaonline.org/?q=programmes/insights/iran-sanctions-china-opposes-iran-nukes-japan-s%E2%80%99korea-signal-willingness-cut-ira
Eli Lake, "U.A.E. diplomat mulls hit on Iran's nukes," The Washington Times, July 6, 2010

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/6/uae-ambassador-endorses-bombing-irans-nuclear-prog/
Ian Black and Simon Tisdall, "Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme," The Guardian, November 28, 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-saudis-iran
Jason Burke, "Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns," The Guardian, June 29, 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/29/saudi-build-nuclear-weapons-iran