Panetta: Iran could produce a nuclear bomb within a year

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 30, 2012 04:27

Iran would be able to produce a nuclear bomb within a year, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said during an interview with CBS News Sunday night.

Reiterating his stance on Iran - expressed in a previous CBS interview a month earlier -  Panetta asserted that the United States does not want Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, and will take "whatever necessary steps to stop it."

"That's a red line for us," he said. "And it's a red line obviously for the Israelis so we share a common goal here. If we have to do it, we will do it."

When questioned as to whether this included military steps, Panetta repeated a refrain used constantly by both US and Israeli leaders: "There are no options off the table."

Herb Keinon contributed to this report


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