In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney bluntly states that “A nuclear Iran represents the greatest threat to the world.”

“I have said in the past and I can reiterate now that it is essential that Iran does not become nuclear,” Romney says, according to a transcript of the interview. “A nuclear Iran represents the greatest threat to the world, to the United States and to the very existence of Israel. A nuclear Iran would mean that Hezbollah or other actors would potentially someday be able to secure fissile materials which would threaten the world. Five years ago I spoke at the Herzliya Conference and I laid out seven steps that I felt were necessary to keep Iran from becoming nuclear. These included crippling sanctions, indicting [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad for incitement to genocide, standing for voices of dissent within Iran, and developing reliable military options were they the last resort that had to be exercised. I continue to believe that these principles are vital, and are perhaps more urgent today.”