US army chief says Iran still seeking nuclear bomb

While on visit to Gulf nation of Bahrain, Mullen states US is "very ready" to respond to any threat from Iran.

December 18, 2010 17:00
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In this Sunday Aug. 1, 2010, photo released by CBS, Adm. Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chief

Mullen 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

MANAMA, Bahrain — The top US military officer on Saturday said he is sure that Iran is still working to build a nuclear bomb.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US and Iran's neighbors are worried. He was in Bahrain, across the Persian Gulf from Iran and home to a US Navy base that would be on the front lines of any future war with Iran.

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He said the US is "very ready" to respond to any threat from Iran.

Mullen stated he would like to avoid using military force to stop Iran from developing a weapon. He said he fears the "unintended consequences" of striking Iran, but stressed that a military option is still on the table if it's needed.

Iran denies it is building a bomb.

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