WASHINGTON —The United States will act against Iran if all efforts to end its suspected nuclear weapons program fail, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.
“Military action is the last alternative when all else fails,” he said Tuesday, the last day of the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “But make no mistake, if all else fails, we will act.”
Panetta’s pledge was the most explicit by an Obama administration official warning of military action.
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In a presidential race even more devoid of foreign policy debate than usual, Iran and its alleged nuclear quest appear to be the exception. Republican contenders are outdoing each other with hints of military action to prevent the Islamic republic from crossing the nuclear threshold, and President Barack Obama promised in last week’s State of the Union address that “I will take no options off the table” in dealing with Iran.
NEW YORK (JTA) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said it would take Iran approximately one year to build a nuclear bomb.
"The consensus is that if they decided to do it, it would probably take them about a year to be able to produce a bomb and then possibly another one to two years in order to put it on a deliverable vehicle of some sort in order to deliver that weapon,” Panetta said in an interview that aired Sunday on the CBS show “60 Minutes.”