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Clinton warns of nuclear arms race in the Middle East

“Then you have all kinds of opportunity for problems that can be quite dangerous,” she told students in Saudi.

February 16, 2010 4:54 by



If Iran gets a nuclear weapon, it could lead to a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told students in Saudi on Tuesday, reports The Associated Press. “Everyone who I speak with in the Gulf, including the leaders here and leaders elsewhere in the region, are expressing deep concern about Iran’s intentions,” she told the students of the Dar al-Hekma college in Jeddah.

She said the goal was to have the entire Middle East free of nuclear weapons. “If Iran gets a nuclear weapon, that hope disappears,” she said, “because then other countries which feel threatened by Iran will say to themselves, ‘If Iran has a nuclear weapon, I better get one, too, in order to protect my people.’ Then you have a nuclear arms race in the region,” she said.

“Then you have all kinds of opportunity for problems that can be quite dangerous,” she added.



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