US recognized the futility of a strike on Iran
Military strike on Iran will not help to prevent this country of nuclear weapons, but only will unite them. reported by Reuters, U.S. Defense Secretarysaid in meting with the leadership of The Wall Street Journal.
According to Gates, in order to persuade Iran to abandon nuclear weapons development, it is necessary to use other means. Pentagon chief stressed that military action can only delay Iran getting such weapons, but it does not prevent it.
Gates noted that economic sanctions against Iran may have led to disagreements between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to whom belongs the supreme power in the country. As Gates said, Khamenei, apparently began to doubt the veracity of what the president tells him about the impact of sanctions on the economy. At least Gates, in his words, has some evidence to support such a conclusion.
The fact that the U.S. considers the possibility of a military strike on Iran, has long been known. This scenario does not exclude the former U.S. President George W. Bush. In August 2010 the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen acknowledged the plan to attack Iran. “there is a such option and is thoroughly analyzed,” – said Mullen. The press also is reported the preparation of Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.
Barack Obama has laid emphasis on sanctions against Iran. Sanctions imposed by the UN, has been tightened in June 2010. After that Tehran has ceased negotiations on its nuclear program, but in late October announced its readiness to resume.
- US defence chief sees Iran rift (bbc.co.uk)
- Gates sees Iran rift, says strike would unite country (reuters.com)
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