|U.S. would use force against Iran if nuclear weapons evidence found: former CIA chief||
TEHRAN – A former CIA chief says the United States would not hesitate to use force against Iran if evidence was found that the Islamic Republic was advancing toward a nuclear weapon.
“(U.S. President Barack) Obama will not hesitate to use force if he has proof that Iran is advancing, despite the agreements, toward a nuclear weapon, and that there is no other possibility to prevent it from doing so,” former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus said at the Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS) annual conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Using the examples of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Petraeus said that while there is a prevailing “wariness” among the American public towards military interventions abroad, people should not make the mistake that the United States is not willing to use force to protect its interests, according to the Jerusalem Post.
“We are embarked on more nation-building at home for sure, there is wisdom in that, but people should not mistake that for the ability or willingness of the U.S. to protect its vital interests,” Petraeus said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has recently said that the military option is still on the table if Iran does not adhere to an interim nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the major powers in Geneva on November 24, 2013.
The remarks by Kerry came just four days after the Geneva nuclear deal went into force, and inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency closely watched and verified the implementation of the deal on the part of Iran.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) signed the interim agreement, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
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