McCain: Iran "supplying arms" to Syrian regime

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., watches during a news conference on Capitol Hill Feb. 2, 2012, in Washington.
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Sen. John McCain told "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley Monday that it's too late to worry about Iran becoming involved in the unrest in Syria because they're already there, "supplying arms and equipment" to President Bashar Assad.

(Watch an excerpt of the interview by clicking on the video player at left.)

In an interview to be broadcast Monday evening, McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Iranian involvement shouldn't be a reason preventing the United States from providing support to the rebels in their nearly-yearlong uprising.

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"The Iranians are already there," said McCain. "They're already there. All reports confirm that. They're already supplying arms and equipment to Bashar Assad, as are the Russians supplying arms, so right now it's an asymmetric situation with Bashar Assad receiving equipment and actual physical help from Iran, Russia - and the Syrian rebels not receiving equal assistance, certainly not very much."

Watch Scott Pelley's full interview with John McCain on the "CBS Evening News" Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET

  • Alex Sundby

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