Clinton, the US secretary of state, has said that Iran is heading
towards a "military dictatorship" and warned it poses an international
Clinton made her comments to students in Doha, the Qatari capital,
on Monday as part of her Gulf tour seeking greater support for tough
new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.
see the government of Iran, the supreme leader, the president, the
parliament is being supplanted and Iran is moving toward a military
dictatorship," she said, speaking at the Qatari branch of
The US is seeking to push Iran into curbing its nuclear ambitions, which it says are aimed at building a nuclear weapon.
Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is purely to meet the country's civilian energy needs.
Mohammad Marandi, a political analyst at the University of Tehran, dismissed Clinton's comments.
"If we give Hillary Clinton some more time she will be blaming Iran for global warming as well," he told Al Jazeera.
"Obviously the statements that she has been making over the past
couple of days are quite dishonest, the fact is the United States has
to deal with Iran on a rational basis otherwise it will get itself
The comments by the US secretary of state mark a stepping up of pressure in favour of sanctions on Iran.
The US is hoping to use international pressure through the UN Security Council for a fourth round of sanctions on Iran.
Clinton said that those sanctions would expressly target the business interests of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
comments come a day after she told delegates at the US-Islamic World
Forum, also in Qatar, that Iran had left the world powers little choice
but to impose harsh penalties against it over its nuclear programme.
she told the forum, which is jointly organised by the Qatari foreign
ministry and the US-based Brookings Institution, that "evidence is
accumulating" that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.
has consistently failed to live up to its responsibilities. It has
refused to demonstrate to the international community that its nuclear
programme is entirely peaceful," she said.
'Less than peaceful'
PJ Crowley, the US state department spokesman, later echoed that sentiment in an interview with Al Jazeera.
all the steps that Iran has taken and all the actions that Iran refuses
to take, we can only begin to draw the conclusion that Iran's
intentions are less than peaceful," he said.
Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, said last week that his country's
nuclear scientists had completed further enrichment of the first batch
of its stockpile of uranium.
Tehran has said that it stepped up
enrichment to produce fuel for a medical research reactor, but the US
and its allies have said that the move signals a rejection of a
UN-backed plan to swap Iran's low-enriched uranium for processed