US General Martin Dempsey 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey is
concerned that the US will get drawn into conflict with Iran, and said
the United States is collaborating with Israel on the Iran issue during
an interview with CNN Wednesday.
"My biggest worry is they will miscalculate our resolve," Dempsey said,
referring to Iran. "Any miscalculation could mean that we are drawn into
conflict, and that would be a tragedy for the region and the world."
are trying to establish some confidence on the part of the Israelis
that we recognize their concerns and are collaborating with them on
addressing them," he continued.
Dempsey went on to say that the US is "of course" using a variety of means to gather intelligence on Iran.
would be rather imprudent of us not to try to understand what a nation
who has declared itself to be an adversary of the United States is
doing," the general said.
Following a meeting on Tuesday,
diplomats from the United States, the European Union and other allies
agreed to step up pressure on Iran to force it to resume talks over its
nuclear program, an Italian diplomatic source said.
from the so-called "group of like-minded nations" met in Rome to
discuss further sanctions against Iran, which could include a possible
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"The participants repeated the need for Iran to
conform to resolutions of the United Nations and the IAEA (the UN
International Atomic Energy Agency), and asked the country to satisfy
demands by the international community for timely and immediate
clarifications on its nuclear program," the source said.
faces tightening sanctions over a nuclear program it says is for
peaceful power generation, but which its foes suspect is aimed at
developing nuclear weapons.
The group includes the United States, the European Union and several
European nations, Australia, Japan, South Korea and other countries but
it was not clear if all of them were represented. The United States also
The small informal group has been meeting for two years and its goal is
to share information and discuss the next steps in the sanctions
The United States has long banned Iranian crude oil imports and last
week Congress voted through restrictions on dealing with the Iranian
The White House must decide whether or not to grant waivers to major
Iranian oil importers like China, India and South Korea that need to
deal with the bank to pay for Iran's crude.