Iran 'moving towards a military dictatorship'

The United States believes Iran may be heading toward a military dictatorship and that its Revolutionary Guard Corps is supplanting its government, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

Speaking in a televised session with students in Qatar, Clinton denied the US planned to attack Iran and said Washington wanted dialogue with Tehran, but could not “stand idly by” while Iran pursued a suspected nuclear weapons programme.

Asked if Washington planned to attack Iran, she replied: “No, we are planning to try to bring the world community together in applying pressure to Iran through sanctions adopted by the United Nations that will be particularly aimed at those enterprises controlled by the Revolutionary Guard, which we believe is, in effect, supplanting the government of Iran.”

“That is how we see it. We see that the government of Iran, the supreme leader, the president, the parliament, is being supplanted and that Iran is moving towards a military dictatorship. That is our view.”—Reuters

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