US Appeals to the World Community to maintain pressure on Iran

The US feels that the best way to prevent Iran’s nuclear weapon aspirations is to keep it under pressure through globally supported tough economic sanctions, though US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta did not a military response as a last recourse while speaking with Airmen in Germany.

Mr. Panetta was responding to speculation about Israel or the US’s possible military strikes against suspected nuclear facilities in Iran. Iran has long been developing nuclear capabilities and has always claimed that these were for peaceful purposes such as nuclear power. In November 2011 the IAEA published a report stating that it now feels that Iran is performing research and experiments that are geared towards developing Nuclear weapons capability. Its report details the country’s detonator development, the multiple-point initiation of high explosives, and experiments involving nuclear payload integration into a missile delivery vehicle. Iran on its part has accused the IAEA of pro western bias and has said that it will reduce cooperation with it in future.


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