WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton yesterday threatened to "obliterate" Iran if it launches a nuclear attack on Israel.
"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran," Clinton told ABC News.
She was asked what she would do as president if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel.
"In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we will be able to totally obliterate them."
The tough talk came just before yesterday's Pennsylvania primary, a key milestone in the marathon Democratic nominations race between Clinton and Barack Obama.
Clinton must win the Pennsylvania primary convincingly to rescue her trailing White House bid, pundits say.
Obama's camp earlier accused Clinton of trying to scare voters, as she rocked their White House race with a dark campaign advertisement featuring images of Al-Qaeda's Osama bin Laden, Pearl Harbour and the 2005 hurricane that swamped New Orleans, mirroring the "3:00am phone call" spot credited with helping Clinton win in Texas and Ohio last month.
A male narrator says: "You need to be ready for anything - especially now, with two wars, oil prices skyrocketing and an economy in crisis.
"Who do you think has what it takes?"
Both Democrats have vowed to defend Israel against any Iranian attack but they differ on how to engage the Islamic republic over its nuclear ambitions," the voice says.
Both call for diplomacy but Obama promised "direct talks" at a leaders' level with Tehran and others the US regards as foes, at a candidate debate last week.
He said Iran should be presented with "carrots and sticks," while stressing "they should also know that I will take no options off the table when it comes to preventing them from using or obtaining nuclear weapons". - Sapa-AFP