U.S.: Ex-UN Ambassador Warns Iran Against Nuclear Assumptions

Bolton favors “regime change” in Iran
March 2, 2007 (RFE/RL) — John Bolton spent nearly 1 1/2 years as Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations. Radio Farda’s Alireza Taheri spoke with Bolton, who said he favors “regime change” in Iran and does not expect the government in Tehran to give up voluntarily on sensitive nuclear work.

RFE/RL: The aircraft carrier the “USS John C. Stennis” recently joined the “USS Dwight D. Eisenhower” in the Sea of Oman. Many analysts argue that the real aim of any massive military presence of U.S. forces in the region cannot be, let’s say, defeating insurgents in [Iraq’s] Anbar Province. They suspect that the main — and probably the only — aim of U.S. forces’ presence in the region is a sort of preparation for attacking Iran. Do you agree?
John Bolton: The aircraft carriers are there because of the circumstances that the coalition faces in Iraq and because of normal rotation of assets. But I think as well that the government in Tehran has to take seriously the U.S. position that ‘all options are on the table’ if Tehran does not cease uranium enrichment as required by the UN Security Council resolution [1737].
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