Saturday, September 1, 2012

It's too late to stop Iran's nuclear programme: U.S. military chief says Israeli strike would NOT crush Tehran's ambitions

An Israeli strike would come too late to crush Iran’s nuclear programme, according to America’s top military chief.

General Martin Dempsey said such an attack would ‘clearly delay but probably not destroy’ Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Speaking from London, where he was with a U.S. delegation visiting the Paralympic Games, it was the strongest comment yet from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff distancing America from a possible unilateral attack by Israel.

Israel is believed to be planning a military strike ahead of November's Presidential elections.

Barack Obama would be under pressure to support the attack - even though military chiefs are against it - for fear of alienating Jewish voters in key swing states such as Florida.

Emphasizing Washington’s position, General Dempsey - America's most senior general - added: 'I don’t want to be complicit if they (Israel) decide to do it.’

And he said there was a worry that the international coalition putting pressure on Tehran ‘could be undone if Iran was attacked prematurely.’

He insisted that sanctions were having an effect and should be given a reasonable chance of succeeding. Read More