Colin Powell says no Israeli or US strike on Iran likely

September 20, 2010 09:44

WASHINGTON — Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that neither the US nor Israel is likely to launch a military strike on Iran anytime soon.

Powell, who was also once the top US military officer, said that he does not think "the stars are lining up" for an attack on Iran's known or suspected nuclear sites. Speaking on NBC Television's "Meet the Press," Powell also said international sanctions on Iran may never persuade Teheran to back off what it says is a legitimate nuclear energy program.

Powell says the US may have to accept that, while trying to deter Iran from building or using a bomb.

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