Sunday, 13 November 2011

Leon Panetta Warns Against Iran Strike

Military action against Iran could have "unintended consequences" in the region, the US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, said on Thursday, hours after Tehran warned that an attack against its nuclear sites would be met with "iron fists".

Panetta, who took over the Pentagon's top job in July, said he agreed with the assessment of his predecessor, Robert Gates, that a strike on Iran would only delay its nuclear programme, which the west believes is aimed at making an atomic bomb.

"You've got to be careful of unintended consequences here," Panetta told reporters at the Pentagon.

However, Panetta said military action remained a last resort in the US and Israeli view, and stressed Washington's efforts to win tougher sanctions against Tehran.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 13th, 2011.]

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