I do not have for you at this time anything that I might characterize as a definitive response to this idea.

The worst-case scenario I see is a major nuclear arms race unfolding in the Pacific. That's not a forecast, that's a logical train of events.

This is not a new idea. The development has been much more difficult than most people believed.

I believe the assessment that if we pull out it will leave an unsettled situation that is bad for the neighborhood and bad for us. Therefore I'd be willing to stay longer if I believed what we're doing would lead to progress in six to 12 months. But I have not seen that evidence, so I'm skeptical that it will. . . . So it may be what we're pursuing, if not effective, then there's no point to it.

Even when I was little, I was big.

The message was, briefly stated, that the political process is working.

If the strain is not relieved, it will have highly corrosive and long-term effects on the military.

With special economic zones being set up in Russia, Western investors and companies can look forward to making money there.

Anyone who considers using a weapon of mass destruction against the United States or its allies must first consider the consequences... We would not specify in advance what our response would be, but it would be both overwhelming and devastating.

There are a lot of military and commercial interests in this technology.

What is pretty clear is that we will be faced with the specter of another nuclear power which can use their weapons to threaten South Korea, to threaten Japan . . . with every prospect that they will sell some of that plutonium and nuclear bombs to the highest bidder so they might end up in American cities as well.

We're not a team anyone's going to forget.

I don't believe anybody can be protected with high confidence from car bombs in urban areas. The Israelis and the British have worked as hard on this problem for years as anybody can. They have not provided an adequate protection for their population against car bombs in urban areas. That's -- that is a very, very difficult threat.