BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | US 'ready to boost Gulf defence'
So what do you guys think? Is Clinton right, in that Iran will be less safe by developing nuclear weapons? John Mersheimer, the leading Neorealist in IR, has asserted for years that all nations should have nuclear weapons in order to end such weapons as an option. I feel this is quite an ignorant view, because it assumes rational players, and one may easily see that many in the ME, as well as North Korea, do not possess rational leaders. What are your thoughts?US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US is prepared to bolster the defence of its Gulf allies if Iran develops a nuclear weapons programme.
Mrs Clinton said if the US extended a "defence umbrella" over the region, it was unlikely that Iran would be any stronger or safer having a weapon.
She was speaking in Thailand where she is attending a regional summit.
On North Korea, she said it must agree to "irreversible" denuclearisation before returning to multilateral talks.
"We have made it very clear to the North Koreans that if they will agree to irreversible denuclearisation, the United States as well as our partners will move forward on a package of incentives and opportunities including normalising relations," she told a press conference in the Thai resort of Phuket.