As Israel seeks to win Washington’s support for waging war on Iran, the top US military officer warns of serious unintended consequences of military strikes on the country at the present time.
“I think the unintended consequence of a strike against Iran right now would be incredibly serious, as well as the unintended consequences of their achieving a weapon,” Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a Sunday interview with ABC television.
The new government of Barack Obama says it wants to open dialogue with Iran to resolve the country’s nuclear issue but has simultaneously followed in the Bush administration’s footsteps by insisting that he will not take military options off the table in dealing with Iran.
Despite promising a new beginning with Iran Washington has threatened Tehran with ‘very tough, crippling sanctions’ if the US failed to obtain its desired results during the talks.
“That’s why this engagement, dialogue is so important,” Mullen added.
The US and Israel accuse Iran of seeking military objectives in its pursuit. Tehran — a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – insists its nuclear program is aimed at civilian purposes and refuses to relinquish its ‘inalienable’ rights to achieve the nuclear know-how according to NPT regulations.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Mullen, however, claimed that Iran is clearly moving toward acquiring a nuclear weapons capability and stressed the United States ‘would approach Iran with all options on the table.’
“So that would leave a pretty narrow space in which to achieve a successful dialogue and a successful outcome, which from my perspective means they don’t end up with nuclear weapons,” he said.
“Certainly from what I’ve seen in recent years, Iran is on a path to develop nuclear weapons,” he said.
Mullen’s remarks come after a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington. Israel, the possessor of the sole Middle East nuclear arsenal, seeks to portray Iran as a regime hell-bent on starting an imminent nuclear war.