Washington: Calling for a complete cessation of enrichment by Iran, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said that, if elected, he would prevent Iran from going nuclear at any cost.
A fact sheet released by his campaign yesterday said that if voted to power, Romney, in his first 100 days, will order the regular presence of an aircraft carrier task force in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf region simultaneously to make it clear that the military option is also on the table.
It said Romney will also "begin talks with Israel" to increase military coordination and assistance and enhance intelligence sharing, apart from "increasing military coordination with Arab allies" and conducting "more naval exercises in the region as a demonstration of strength and resolve."
"As it is, the Iranian regime claims the right to enrich nuclear material for supposedly peaceful purposes. It`s claim, of course, is discredited by years of deception. A clear line has to be drawn. There must be a full suspension of any enrichment whatsoever, period," Romney said in his major foreign policy speech in Nevada yesterday.
Before leaving for a three-nation overseas trip to Britain, Israel and Poland, Romney said there`s no greater danger in the world today than the prospective threat of Tehran possessing nuclear weapons.
"Yet for all the talks and conferences, all the extensions and assurances, can anyone really say we`re further from this danger now than we were four years ago? The same Ayatullah`s who each year mark a holiday by leading chants of `death to America` are not going to be talked out of their pursuit of nuclear weapons," he said.
Noting that the US has still not moved out of the "danger" with Tehran possessing nuclear weapons, Romney claimed rulers in Iran "were not going to be talked out of their pursuit of nuclear weapons."