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Panetta: US to Act if Iran Develops Nuclear Bomb, Closes Hormuz Strait
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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that his country would act if the Islamic Republic of Iran were to develop a nuclear weapon or close the Strait of Hormuz.


Speaking to CBS’ Face the Nation, Panetta said that if Iran started developing a weapon, the U.S. would act. "I think they need to know that — that if they take that step — that they're going to get stopped."


He did not rule out launching what he called a pre-emptive strike.
"But the responsible thing to do right now is to keep putting diplomatic and economic pressure on them to force them to do the right thing," he said.
"And to make sure that they do not make the decision to proceed with the development of a nuclear weapon."


Panetta also said that closing the strait would draw a U.S. military response. "We made very clear that the United States will not tolerate the blocking of the Strait of Hormuz," he said. "That's another red line for us and ... we will respond to them."

For his part, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, who was appearing with the defense secretary, said that he wanted the Iranians to believe that a U.S. military strike could wipe out their nuclear program.
"I absolutely want them to believe that's the case," he said.


He added said that Iran has the military power to block the Strait of Hormuz "for a period of time" if it decides to do so, but that the U.S. would take action to reopen waterway. "We can defeat that," he said.


 

Source: Agencies

09-01-2012 - 09:20 Last updated 09-01-2012 - 09:20 | 1390 View
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User Comments Number of comments: 1
1 - Rocket US Ships in Gulf
killfaggots500 | USA 09:14 2012-01-10
Close the straits and rocket US Ships. These sanctions are an act of war. The Persian gulf belongs to
the gulf state not the US or UN. US energy policies force conflict in the mideast. The US has enough
oil but the US government will not let us drill for the new oil or uncap existing well. This is so we
can fight the war for the jews. What has Persia done to the US. Did they bring the tower down? NO ALL
PERSIAN ACTION ARE REGIONAL AND SOME DEFENSIVE. WHY IS THE US IN THE MIDEAST???????????

 

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