The coming war with Iran?12/22/11 Robert Lorei
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Earlier this week US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claimed that Iran could make an atomic weapon in one year, and said that Washington will take every step “necessary” to stop Tehran's nuclear program.
In an interview with CBS News aired on Monday, Panetta said, "It would be sometime in around a year they would be able to … (build a nuclear weapon).”
Panetta said "If they proceed and we get intelligence that they're proceeding in developing a nuclear weapon, than we will take whatever steps are necessary to stop it.”
This is despite the fact that Panetta had warned on November 18 that any military strike against Iran would have consequences for the world economy.
Trying to downplay Panetta's remarks, the Pentagon said on Tuesday that the US defense secretary was speaking "hypothetically,” not suggesting that there was new intelligence about Iran's nuclear program.
We’re joined now by Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian American Council, he’s a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and author of "A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Policy with Iran." He’s also been consulting with the Obama administration over US Iranian relations.