U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney made it clear Sunday that the U.S. will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
"Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions," Cheney said in a speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. Iran's efforts to pursue technology that would allow it to build a nuclear weapon are obvious, he said, and "the regime continues to practice delay and deceit in an obvious effort to buy time."
If Iran continues on its current course, Cheney said, the U.S. and other nations are prepared to take action. The vice president made no specific reference to military action, but said: "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon."