Iran attack plan `on the table`: US

Last Updated: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 09:02

Washington: The US has a Iran attack plan
to prevent the Islamic nation from acquiring nuclear weapons,
even as it is "extremely concerned" about the possible
repercussions of such a strike, the top US military commander
said today.

"Military actions have been on the table and remain on
the table. I hope we don`t get to that but it`s an important
option," Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, told the NBC news in an interview.

"Quite frankly, I am extremely concerned about both of
those outcomes," he said.

Mullen held out hope that a combination of
international diplomatic efforts and sanctions against Iran
would lead Tehran to suspend a nuclear enrichment
programme that many believe is a clandestine bid to develop
atomic arms.

"I am hopeful (it) works," he said.
Mullen said even though Pentagon has such a plan, a
final decision in this regard would be taken by the US
President, Barack Obama.

The threat of a nuclear Iran and an attack on the
Islamic Republic to stop that nuclear programme "both have
great downsides potentially," he noted.

"Certainly for our country the President would be the
one making those decisions and I wouldn`t be one that would
pick one or the other along those lines. I think they both
have great downside potential," he said.

I think the military actions have been on the table
and remain on the table and certainly in that regard it`s one
of the options that the President has.

I hope we don`t get to that.

But it`s an important option.

It`s one that`s well understood," Mullen said.


First Published: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 09:02

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