Time's Joe Klein: Keep nukes on table in Iran negotiations

Published: Sunday April 16, 2006

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On Sunday's edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein argued that it would be "absolutely stupid" to take the nuclear option off the table in negotiations with Iran, RAW STORY has found.

Crooks and Liars has a video clip of the segment.

RAW STORY trancript of the exchange between Stephanopoulos and Klein:


Klein: And, by the way, we're very much well liked among the young, educated Iranians. But this is not Iraq we're dealing with here. This is an ancient country, a very strong country, and a very proud country. And so, yeah, by all means, we should talk to them, but, on the other hand, we should not take any option, including the use of nuclea-....tactical nuclear weapons off the table.

Stephanopoulos: Keep that on the table?

Klein: It's absolutely stupid not to.

Stephanopoulos: That's insane.

Klein: Well I don't think we should ever use tac-...I think that...

Stephanopoulos: Well, then why should they be on the table?

Klein: Why?

Stephanopoulos: Why do we want that specter of crossing that line?

Klein: Because we don't know what the options on the other side...what their options are on the table.

Stephanopoulos: Well we know that they've got 40,000 possible suicide bombers but I also think that line is one that we have to be very, very careful to cross.

Klein: Listen. I don't think. I think the use of force here would be counterproductive. But I think that when you're dealing in a negotiation you can't take stuff off the table before it starts.