Transcript: Interview With Hillary Clinton

CM: There was a published Associated Press report, citing an IAEA document, a confidential document, saying that the IAEA had evaluated the situation and it became absolutely crystal clear to them in the report that, indeed, Iran was heading in that direction.

Clinton: Well, they … we … we are doing this because we think they're heading there. But whether they want to get what's called the breakout capacity and stop knowing that they could then move forward, that's where the question comes. So I don't think there's any contradiction.

CM: The IAEA … uh, I got the initials, the initials are rough. The IAEA's assessment that Iran worked on developing a chamber inside of ballistic missile capable of housing a warhead payload quite … quote, "that is quite likely to be nuclear."

Clinton: Well, that's true. They have missile capacity. We know that. They don't yet have the weapon that would go into that chamber. And when I say I have a small space of doubt, my point is that if the Iranians, and I've said this many times, believe that being a nuclear weapons power gives them more, um … power, vis a vis their neighbors, I think that's a terrible miscalculation. Because I think they would start an arms race that would actually make their position less secure, not more secure. So that's what I … you know, I'm … I, you know, we're doing everything we can toward our goal of preventing that, but we're also, you know, looking, uh … at ways of influencing the decision making within, aside Iran.

CM: Moving on to Afghanistan, uh, President Karzai yesterday in an interview yesterday with an interview with my colleague, Diane Sawyer, said that the election in Afghanistan was, and I want to quote him specifically, quote "Good and fair and worthy of praise." Is that how you see the Afghanistan arms race?

Clinton: I see it as a very mixed bag. On the one hand just holding an election in the midst of the conflict was an accomplishment. There is no doubt about that. I think that, uh … the Taliban's effort to intimidate and prevent people from voting, uh … did have a very unfortunate effect because it suppressed the turnout. I think there were irregularities, there's no doubt about that. Um, and the two organizations that have been empowered, one totally Afghan, the other international, to look at this, they're going to be coming out with their … their findings in a couple of days. So I think I'll wait and see what they decide to, uh … uh … tell us they've concluded.

CM: It is clear that the election has been compromised. What does that mean for you as foreign policy?

Clinton: Well, I think it means that, you know, we have to recognize the reality that we're dealing with. This is not, uh … surprising to me, that you would have such a difficult time holding an election and then there would be irregularities within that election. Um, I think that part of what we're attempting to do is to sort that out and a lot of people have spent an enormous amount of time and effort trying to really parse it. Uh, if they conclude that there has to be a second round, then there has to be a second round. I mean, that's … that's the rules in the Afghan Constitution in Laws.

CM: And does that mean that the decision that I know you're all, the administration, working towards about the U.S.'s rule, the announcement of what that's going to be deferred pending an election?

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