TEHRAN (FNA)- A British foreign minister said that US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s threat to “totally obliterate” Iran if it attacked Israel with nuclear weapons was imprudent.
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, a former United Nations deputy secretary-general and the foreign office minister responsible for Asia, questioned the comments by the New York senator, made in an interview broadcast Tuesday.
“It is not probably prudent… in today’s world to threaten to obliterate any other country and in many cases civilians resident in such a country,” he said.
The British government wanted a Middle East, including Israel, free of nuclear weapons, he said, responding to a question in the House of Lords, Britain’s unelected upper chamber of parliament.
In response to a question on what she would do if the Islamic Republic were to attack US ally Israel, Clinton told ABC News, “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran.
“In the next 10 yearsâ€¦we would be able to totally obliterate them.”
Clinton said her remark was an attempt to lay out a rationale for a Cold War-style system of deterrence with Tehran.