Iran undecided over nuclear weapon: Panetta
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 14:05
Washington: Iran is enriching uranium but that it has not made a decision on whether to proceed with development of an atomic bomb, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said.

"I think they're developing a nuclear capability. Our intelligence makes clear that they haven't made the decision to develop a nuclear weapon itself," Panetta told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing in response to a question from Senator Lindsey Graham.

"Yes," Panetta said when asked by Graham if he feels confident that US has the ability, if necessary, militarily to deal with the Iranian threat.

Gen Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the Iranian regime is dangerously misguided.

"Look at its behaviour. It protects itself, it loathes its neighbours, it interferes with its neighbours, it threatens its neighbours, and it disregards its own citizens," he said.

"My view of this is we can't afford to underestimate our potential adversaries by writing them off as irrational. That's kind of the juxtaposition of the phrase," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 14:05

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