Panetta warns Iran of ‘severe’ consequences
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday that the Iranians will face “severe and growing consequences” if they do not meet their international obligations and rejoin the community of nations.
“We want diplomacy to work. We will back this diplomacy with strong and increasing pressure, and we will keep all options — including military action — on the table to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he said, calling a nuclear-armed Iran the greatest threat to the security of Israel and to the Middle East.
“Let me be clear: We do not have a policy of containment. We have a policy of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” the defense secretary said.
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