UCLA News|Week: Iran's Nuclear Threat
Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) sternly warns about the danger — in the Middle East and to Iran itself — if the regime in Tehran acquires the ability to produce nuclear weapons.
Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) sternly warns about the danger — in the Middle East and to Iran itself — if the regime in Tehran acquires the ability to produce nuclear weapons. Israel, in particular, would consider Iranian weapons of mass destruction as a serious threat to its national security.
"As an American, I don't want to see another conflict in the region. It's not in our interests," said Clark, a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations. "But the Iranian state seems determined to march down the avenue to acquire the capability to produce nuclear weapons."
That policy increases the likelihood for Iran that "if they attempt to retain [nuclear weapons], they will be attacked and destroyed," he said.
Clark spoke in the UCLA Broadcast Studio during an all-day conference on Iran hosted by the Burkle Center and the UCLA International Institute.
Also in this edition of UCLA News|Week:
- UCLA professor of psychology R. Edward Geiselman discusses his research on how to detect when someone is lying.
- Researchers have found that an Alzheimer's risk gene carried by millions of people can trigger damage to the brain 50 years before onset of the disease.
- A study suggests that electric cars will account for nearly one out of every 10 automobiles purchased in Los Angeles in 2015.
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Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011