Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) made it clear that he felt Iran posed “a threat” to the Persian Gulf region, as the lawmaker responded to the assassination plot that was allegedly conceived in Tehran, The Associated Press reported.
CBS News reported that the Senator felt that the situation could have been diverted through the U.S. taking more of an aggressive position against the Iranian government during street protests in Tehran in 2009.
“I think if we had supported the demonstrators at the time it could have meant a significant change in the government of Iran,” McCain said on CBS’s The Early Show. “We should have supported them and they could have overthrown the government then.”
McCain went on to say that if Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons, the reckless behavior it has displayed could translate into a more serious problem for everyone, according to the news source.
The Senator voiced his fear that the country may become a bigger threat following the recent conspiracy that allegedly involved a member of Iran’s Quds Force special foreign actions unit, CBS reported.