|Sunday, July 5, 2009|
|Transcript: VP Biden on ABC: Israel has a right to determine what's in its interests (Iran)|
'This Week' Transcript: EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Joe Biden
ABC'S "THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS"
BIDEN: If the Iranians respond to the offer of engagement, we will engage.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But the offer is on the table?
BIDEN: The offer's on the table.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it pretty
Is that the right approach?
BIDEN: Look, Israel can determine for itself -- it's a sovereign nation --
STEPHANOPOULOS: Whether we agree or not?
BIDEN: Whether we agree or not. They're entitled to do that. Any sovereign
What we believe is in the national interest of the United States, which we,
If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different
STEPHANOPOULOS: But just to be clear here, if the Israelis decide Iran is an
BIDEN: Look, we cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and
STEPHANOPOULOS: You say we can't dictate, but we can, if we choose to, deny
BIDEN: I'm not going to speculate, George, on those issues, other than to
STEPHANOPOULOS: Meanwhile, North Korea...
STEPHANOPOULOS: ... seven missile launches in the last 24 hours, 11 this
BIDEN: The question is, is there anything that we should do about it?
Look, this has almost become predictable behavior. Some of it seems like
STEPHANOPOULOS: And you don't want to give the attention?
BIDEN: And -- no, I don't want to give the attention, because, look, I think
STEPHANOPOULOS: But not a task that includes very forceful enforcement of
BIDEN: No, no. Well, what they did was, if you noticed, the ship had to turn
There was no place they could go with certitude that they would not be, in
STEPHANOPOULOS: Is our policy now though basically waiting for the Kim
BIDEN: Our policy is to continue to put united pressure from the very
That's changed. And it is -- there is a significant turning of the pressure.
There's a real debate going on right now, George, about succession in North
STEPHANOPOULOS: Reports that he's tapped his youngest son.
BIDEN: That is the report.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you believe it?
BIDEN: Well, if I had to bet, that would be my guess. But I don't think
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