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US shifts focus on Iran

Broadcast: 01/10/2007

Reporter: Tony Jones

Leading American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh says the White House has moved away from
claiming Iran is a nuclear threat.


TONY JONES: A leading American investigative reporter has claimed the Bush administration is
shifting the focus of its rhetorical attack on Iran.

The Pulitzer prize winning writer, Seymour Hersh, says the White House has moved away from claiming
Iran is a nuclear threat.

SEYMOUR HERSH, NEW YORKER MAGAZINE: They've changed their rhetoric, really, the name of the game
used to be "they're a nuclear threat, Iran is going to have a bomb soon, we have to do it". Sort of
the same game we had before the war in Iraq. And what's happened in the last few months, they've
come to the realisation that they're not selling it. It isn't working. The American people aren't
worried about Iran as a nuclear threat, certainly as they were about Iraq. There's just some
scepticism. So they've switched, really.

TONY JONES: Mr Hersh says the White House is now concentrating its public relations offensive on
claiming Iran is supporting the insurgents in Iraq and may now target Iran's revolutionary guard.