Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nuke rumble: "Press the Persians, or else"

While media sources warn that Israel’s attack on Iran’s nuclear sites is imminent, US officials says sanctions would be just as effective as bombs in stopping Iran from building nuclear arms. Other say sanctions are no solution either.

An attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would not achieve the goal of halting its nuclear program, but could instead have “unintended consequences”, believes US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

The head of the Pentagon told RTT news on Thursday that he personally preferred the use of "the toughest sanctions – economic, diplomatic pressures – on Iran to change their behavior."

A similar statement came from State Department spokesman Mark Toner, who said the US is consulting with international allies over what the next steps should be.

“Certainly we’re going to look at ways that we can ramp up economic pressure on Iran,” he said on Thursday at a media conference.

Earlier, a number of countries and the European Union said they favored a new round of sanctions against Tehran as the way of applying more leverage and forcing Iran into allaying international concerns over its nuclear program. more