Saturday, June 2, 2007

Pentagon Chief Urges Strong Sanctions on Iran

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged the world powers today to impose strong sanctions against Iran to pressure it to halt uranium enrichment.

Gates said Iran will be able to develop nuclear weapons between 2010 and 2015, at the latest. He said some analysts believe Iran could develop the weapons as early as 2008 or 2009. Gates urged the UN Security Council to act right now in line with the uncertainty of when Iran could produce its first nuclear weapon.

Using the strongest threatening language yet coming directly from the Pentagon, Gates said, “Having to take care of this problem militarily is in no one’s interest.”

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