Clinton: Iran's Nuke Program 'Futile'

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2009 2:28 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took square aim at Iran's nuclear ambitions today, bluntly warning Tehran that "Your pursuit is futile." Clinton’s statements mark a step back from her musings earlier this week about creating a “defense umbrella” to protect other Middle Eastern countries from a nuclear Iran, Politico reports. “We believe, as a matter of policy, it is unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons,” Clinton said.