Thursday, September 23, 2004

Powell on Iran

Colin Powell says that the US has no plans to attack Iran's nuclear plants, but that "every option" is, of course, avalible:

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Wednesday that there were no plans to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, despite the Pentagon's recent agreement to sell Israel 500 "bunker-buster" bombs capable of disabling underground weapons plants.

But speaking to reporters here, Powell pointedly added, "Every nation has all options available to it" to stop Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. The Bush administration believes Tehran is secretly trying to build atomic weapons. Iran announced Tuesday that it would continue preparations to enrich uranium in defiance of the U.N. nuclear agency's demand Saturday to stop. Enriched uranium can be used to make fuel for nuclear power plants or weapons.

"We're talking about diplomacy and political efforts to stop this movement on the part of the Iranians toward a nuclear weapon, and we're not talking about strikes," Powell said. "Every option, though, of course remains on the table."

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