William Perry Discusses Iran Nuclear Issue

US President Barack Obama and his administration will likely face a "serious crisis" over Iran's nuclear ambitions in his first year in office, former US defense secretary William Perry predicted. According to him, Iran is taking “defiant steps toward becoming a nuclear power,” and “it seems clear that Israel will not sit by idly.”

“As a result President Obama will almost certainly face a serious crisis with Iran. Indeed, I believe that crisis point will be reached in his first year in office," adds Perry, who was defense secretary between 1994 and 1997.

None of these problems can be solved unilaterally, Perry said, meaning Iran and North Korea, which must be contained to avoid a "cascade of nuclear proliferation" in the Middle East and northeast Asia.  

“Today we are truly at a tipping point of nuclear proliferation ... and if the world does tip, it will be irreversible and dangerous beyond the imaginations of most people,” said the U.S. expert, who is a member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum.

Source: The Associated Press