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US has about a year if Iran makes nuke

2012-09-11 22:22

Washington - If Iran decides to make a nuclear weapon, the United States would have a little more than a year to act to stop it, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.

"It's roughly about a year right now. A little more than a year. And so ... we think we will have the opportunity once we know that they've made that decision, take the action necessary to stop ([Iran]," Panetta said on CBS's This Morning programme.

He said the United States has "pretty good intelligence" on Iran. "We know generally what they're up to. And so we keep a close track on them."

Panetta said the United States has the capability to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb.

"We have the forces in place to be able to not only defend ourselves, but to do what we have to do to try to stop them from developing nuclear weapons," he said.

The United States and Israel believe Iran is working toward developing nuclear weapon development capability. Israel, widely thought to be the Middle East's only atomic power, says a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence.

Iran says its nuclear work is for peaceful energy purposes only.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ramped up threats to attack Iran, saying if world powers refused to set a red line for Tehran's nuclear programme, they could not demand that Israel hold its fire.

"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," Netanyahu told reporters in Israel.

Netanyahu has said Israel and the United States were in talks on setting a "clear red line" for Iran's nuclear programme.

But the two allies remain at odds over whether to spell out a clear threshold for military action.

Comments
  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-09-11 22:34

    Dont spell it out or give them a red line....just reach out and klap them!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-12 02:17

    One thing is certain: the Iranian regime (distinct from the Iranian people) will not have nuclear weapons.

      SNYPPA - 2012-09-12 06:36

      U sound like an isreali bug,here to make sure pple never knw the truth abt that country.\r\nPple will one day wake and realise that isreal is what's wrong with the middle east and the world.\r\nCancer

      heibrin.venter - 2012-09-12 07:50

      @SNYPPA: since Israel is the one terrorizing it's own citizens, not having free and fair elections, killing innocents because their religious views differ??

      steele.oyle - 2012-09-12 09:47

      Its time Fred comes up with some new lines. So boring reading the same things over and over...................

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 11:30

      But fred is a cliche computer generated software, a sock puppet and is only due for an upgrade at the end of the year. So expect same old same.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 15:32

      Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His words. On a South African website. Imagine that. Imagine the arrogance.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 15:33

      Snyppa, unfortunately you're a racist, a black South African racist. This should never be after Apartheid.

  • denzil.davan - 2012-09-12 05:44

    "He said the United States has "pretty good intelligence" on Iran" - just like how the US had pretty good intelligence on WMD on Iraq ??? Iraq had a completely healthy and disease free country before US Invaded. Each child had an access to state-funded university education. Now they left with nothing. Country is destroyed and kids and family are left to survive on their own. The World should never allow the US to do the same to Iran.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-12 06:27

      Everyone knows Saddam Hussein had WMD's. He used them on the Iraqi Kurds who he killed by the tens of thousands, and on Iran during his war on that country. Estimated number of unidentified bodies from unmarked graves from Saddam Hussein's tenure, discovered by the Iraqi government: 500,000 to 1,000,000. If you're so enamored with brutal dictatorships, there are a few left that you can move to. Good luck. Don't take women with you. They're likely to be targeted first.

      steele.oyle - 2012-09-12 09:54

      Really Fred, Than what happened to the stockpiles of WMD's that Saddam Hussein had in his possession? Why were the allied forces unable to find a single one of those chemical and biological weapons that he "used on the Kurds". I didn't see you jumping off a cliff when the US allowed their NATO ally Turkey to bomb the Kurds during the invasion of Iraq. By the way, if you're so Islamophobic why not join your brothers Anders Breivick and Wade Michael Page on their deranged crusade.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 15:34

      You're showing your ignorance Steele.

  • thethird.wors - 2012-09-12 07:09

    sounds rather familiar. . . a yes, "war", without it the US economy is in tatters.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 15:35

      Yeah right. That's why the US has pulled out of Iraq and is pulling out of Afghanistan.

  • wallace.outkast - 2012-09-12 07:29

    paneta must stop smoking weed, before iran looses the fight THE US will meet them in hell first they wont give up so easly,tomahowk wont do anything against the mighty russian shield protecting IRAN...wake up you twat....

      heibrin.venter - 2012-09-12 07:48

      '...the mighty russian shied protecting IRAN...' -- and that's me, on the floor laughing.

  • velvybokov - 2012-09-12 07:29

    Very interesting how quickly the world forgets what iraq did to kuwait and iran. To support iran is to support 1 mans claim that a nation does not have the right to exist. Its called selective hearing. Oh well. Obama is a coward and I hope that just as when israel took out iraqs nuclear reactor all those years ago without american support, that netanyahu have the courage to have israel do it again

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-12 07:45

    But its still OK for North Korea, Pakistan, China, Russia to have nuclear weapons (which by the way has been the greatest form of peace since WW2) but now when Iran say they want a nuclear power station the USA and Israel jump up and down. I swear WTF has Israel got to do with anything anyway, if you want to go around poking your nose into other peoples business and want to start a fight, well then you only have yourself to blame when you get burnt.

      velvybokov - 2012-09-12 08:07

      Michael barns. The major difference is that north korea china pakistan china russia etc have not sworn to wipe israel off the map... Ahmedinejad has and continues to threaten Israel publicly. So before you spew your garbage about \israel poking your nose into others ppls business\ you should first consider the fact that iran and israel are not far from each other and that the one who is poking noses into other ppls business is actually ahmedinejads iran and the former saddam hussein of iraq, and Hezbollah and Al Aqsa and Al Jihad and Hammas etc... They are the ones constantly sticking their noses in Israels existance. Seriously... Youir comment \I swear WTF has israel....\ Sounds so uneducated and ridiculous. Grow up michael and look at a map and open up a history book on the middle east before making stupid comments.

      raymon.mcnelly - 2012-09-12 08:08

      michael.barns.1 are you blind, deaf and dumb ? Have you not heard that the arab nations around Israel wants to 'wipe Israel off the map' ??? These funda-MENTAL-ist Islamic governments has been trying to destroy Israel since it's 1948 and thretens to do so almost every day.. now you think it's OK for Iran to have nukes ? Are you a freaking moron ? Nations with nukes that adhere to the M.A.D. principal ensures that they will never use them ... but governments that openly vow to atack using nukes who WANTS to die for their cause will ensure M.A.D. //.. if you want to go around poking your nose into other peoples business // So if your neighbour is telling you that he's going to kill you, and you see him assembling a pipe bomb .. what are you going to do ? Just sit and wait for him to toss it into your livingroom ? You id10t!

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-12 09:15

      And the Jews coming running quickly only thinking of themselves... Let us see, Russia promised to wipe the USA off the map, Pakistan promised to wipe India off the map, North Korea promised to wipe South Korea and the USA off the Map, China promised to wipe Taiwan off the map. So yes you twat you are the one that is uneducated, OPEN YOUR HISTORY BOOK! idiot, life is not all about Israel.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 09:27

      Well spotted Michael, the US not only promised to wipe the Soviet Union off the map, it suceeded and the Russians are still here today, including Yugoslavia. Considering Israeli expansion, who is wiping who off the map! unlike Iran Israel has threatened and attacked several countries in the last several decades and has almost wiped Palestine off the map.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-12 10:01

      Show some dignity when responding... Michael is entitled to his opinion... Velvybokov and Raymon... So what if Michael does not agree with you; must you guys always be so abusive. History has taught us that you (Israel) invaded Palestine and displaced millions of innocent people... talking about a pipe bomb... this is exactly why these 'pipe bombs' are being created... using your own analogy. This is also why the people in the region are against Israel, not because they are ant-Jewish, its because of the Zionist philosophy of conquer and conquer and not giving a rat ass who suffers in the process... and please don't cry anti-Semitism... Grow up Iran should have Nuclear capability and Nuclear power stations; they will be a great balance of power in the region.

      steele.oyle - 2012-09-12 10:01

      So the main criteria for preventing a nation from obtaining nuclear weapons is "wiping israel off the map". That seems rather foolish to me. India and Pakistan have fought 2 wars, yet they both possess nuclear weapons. They can destroy each other as long as they don't mention Israel according to bokov's logic. "Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country." -- David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky's Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan's "Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 15:38

      Israel's people suffered the biggest ACTUAL genocide in human history.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 08:56

    "It's roughly about a year right now. A little more than a year. And so ... we think we will have the opportunity once we know that they've made that decision, take the action necessary to stop ([Iran]," Panetta said on CBS's This Morning programme. So in other words you have no idea whether they've made the decision to develop nuclear weapons, or if they're actually developing them. This pays truth to the fact that no one in the intelligence community believes that the Iranians are pursuing nuclear weapons, even Israel's own intelligence agents have poured cold water of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Stupid Israelis leading the Middle East to anarchy!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 15:39

      To Fidel the truth is that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom His words on this website. He also believes the neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes, which themselves are undemocratic are going to bring democracy to the Middle East. His words too on this website.

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