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News Wrap: Clinton Warns of Iran’s Mounting Military Power

February 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM EDT
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton charged that Iran is headed toward becoming a military dictatorship because of the growing power of the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard. Also, at least 18 people were killed in a commuter rail crash in Belgium.

GWEN IFILL: Now: the other news of the day.
Here’s Hari Sreenivasan in our newsroom.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned today that
Iran is drifting toward a military dictatorship. In a televised event with Arab
students in Doha, Qatar, Clinton said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized
power in the political, military and economic spheres. And she said the world
has to do something to stop the Guard from expanding its control.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, U.S. secretary of sate: We are planning to try
to bring the world community together in applying pressure to Iran through
sanctions adopted by the United Nations that will be particularly aimed at those
enterprises controlled by the Revolutionary Guard, which we believe is, in
effect, supplanting the government of Iran. I mean, that is how we see it.

HARI SREENIVASAN: On the nuclear issue, Iran’s top nuclear official
claimed Iran has received a new nuclear proposal from Western nations. But the
U.S., France, and Russia denied that claim, insisting the only offer on the
table is the one brokered by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog last October. That
proposal calls for the regime to send most of its uranium abroad for processing.
At least 18 people were killed in Belgium when two commuter trains
crashed into each other. The head-on collision happened just south of Brussels
at the height of morning rush hour. A Belgian official said one of the trains
ran a stop sign as it was traveling through light snow. More than 80 people
were injured. Eurostar and other high-speed international trains suspended
their service in and out of Brussels because they share the same tracks.
Ukraine is set to inaugurate its new president on February 25.

Viktor Yanukovych was declared the official winner of the presidential race after a runoff in early February. But Pime Mnister Yulia Tymoshenko has yet to concede defeat. She is now pressing a court case to prove there was election fraud before her opponent can be sworn in. The appeal begins tomorrow in Kiev. But, today, European election monitors said the election was fair.

In U.S. political news, Democratic Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana
announced he will not run for a third term in Congress. At a news conference in
Indianapolis, he cited too much partisanship and not enough progress in
Washington as a reason for leaving. Bayh is the fourth sitting Democratic
senator not to seek reelection. That leaves seats up for grabs in Indiana,
Illinois, North Dakota, and Connecticut.

At the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, American skier Bode Miller
broke his losing streak and won a bronze medal in the men’s downhill
competition. He didn’t win any medals at the last Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Miller was 0.09 seconds behind the gold medal winner, Didier Defago of
Switzerland. The silver went to Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal.

Those are some of the day’s main stories. I will be back at the end of
the program with a preview of what you will find tonight on the “NewsHour”‘s Web site — but, for now, back to Gwen.