'No legitimacy left.' Rice
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Regime must go. Ahmadinejad
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Rice: Iran's regime has 'no legitimacy left'

Former Secretary of State says Washington should mull tougher sanctions against Tehran, 'do everything to bring regime down'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday said the US should consider even tougher penalties against Iran's government and "be doing everything we can to bring it down."


Rice told ABC's "This Week" that the US should never take the option of military force off the table when it comes to dealing with Iran.


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She noted the current Iranian government is trying to obtain a nuclear weapon and has repressed its own people, adding that "the regime has absolutely no legitimacy left."


Also on Sunday, reports of a possible Israeli strike in Iran continued to dominate the political agenda in Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting.


Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan slammed the chairman of the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee MK Shaul Mofaz who criticized the cabinet members. "I believe all this chatter gravely damaged the State of Israel," Erdan said.


Minister Michael Eitan called on his fellow ministers and other officials to cease making public statements on the matter. "The law restricts public servants who are privy to information pertaining to state security and this applies in this case too," he said.


Diplomats have told The Associated Press over the weekend that the UN atomic agency (IAEA) plans to disclose intelligence this coming week suggesting that Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead.


Iran claims its nuclear program is only for peaceful aims such as energy production.





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