America’s most senior military official has indicated that the country is ready to engage in a conflict with Iran, if President Barack Obama were to give the signal.
By Amy Willis, Los Angeles
7:20AM GMT 21 Dec 2011
Tensions have been growing in the region following international condemnation over Tehran’s growing nuclear ambitions.
Last month, Britain’s ambassador to Iran was expelled from the country following attacks on the British Embassy. The US is also involved in a standoff over a downed spy drone, which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has refused to return despite America’s requests.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said that the US military had reached a point where they were ready to execute force against Iran if necessary.
In an interview with US media in Afghanistan he said: “We are examining a range of options. I’m satisfied that the options that we are developing are evolving to a point that they would be executable if necessary.”
His comments come just days after Leon Panetta, US secretary of defence, said “no options were off the table” in stopping Iran develop a nuclear weapon.