`EU, US policy makers would accept nuclear Iran`

If sanctions failed to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, a majority of policy makers in the European Union and the US would shy away from launching a military attack against the country.

Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 00:13 AM IST

Brussels: If sanctions failed to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, a majority of policy makers in the European Union and the US would shy away from launching a military attack against the country, a survey revealed Tuesday.

The "Transatlantic Trends: Leaders" survey, by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Italy`s Compagnia di San Paolo, is based on anonymous interviews with samples of about 250 high-ranking officials and politicians in Washington and Brussels.

If all non-military options fail in Iran, 51 percent of respondents in the EU and 50 per cent in the US said they would "accept (a) nuclear Iran".

Supporters of a military strike totalled 42 percent in the US and 32 percent in the EU.

The poll also revealed that only 16 percent of EU policy makers were optimistic about the war effort in Afghanistan, against a similarly low 28 percent in the US.

In another striking result, researchers indicated that only 39 percent of Brussels respondents thought that Turkey`s EU accession is "very likely" or "somewhat likely", against 60 percent who thought that it was "not too likely" or "not likely at all".

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