VP Biden Downplays Missile Threat to US From Iran

By Britt

Sep 17, 2009 1:07pm

In Baghdad today, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to downplay the threat of an Iranian missile hitting the U.S.

"I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat," Biden told CNN.

"The whole purpose of this exercise we are undertaking is to diminish the prospect of the Iranians destabilizing that region in the world," Biden said. "I am less concerned — much less concerned — about the Iranian potential. They have no potential at this moment, they have no capacity to launch a missile at the United States of America."
 
Asked about the Vice President’s statement, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, "don't think anybody has sugarcoated the notion that we believe that their illicit nuclear program poses great security concerns for us and for many…in the international community. I think what Vice President Biden was talking about was exactly the renewed and updated intelligence assessment that led the very same people in 2006 to recommend, one, architecture and configuration, two, based on that updated intelligence, recommend to the president something different in 2009, again, partly based on capability and technology."

-jpt

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