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Clinton Defense Chief: Iran Deal Could Spark Proliferation

Mideast powers don't trust U.S. or Iran, so will arm themselves, William Cohen says.
A path to curb nukes? Maybe not.

A path to curb nukes? Maybe not.

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Gulf Arab powers are likely to respond to President Barack Obama’s pending nuclear deal with Iran by developing their own nuclear programs, former Defense Secretary William Cohen said Wednesday. He said they don’t trust either the Iranians or the United States to protect their interests.

“The administration’s intent was to have a counter-proliferation program. And the irony is, it may be just the opposite,” he told a meeting of Bloomberg reporters Wednesday morning.