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Pentagon chief says won't allow Iran to have nukes, block Hormuz


08:45, January 09, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta outlined red lines for Iran in a TV interview on Sunday, vowing that the United States would not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon or to block the Strait of Hormuz, as Iran began uranium enrichment at a new underground site well protected from possible airstrikes.

"Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they're trying to develop a nuclear capability. And that's what concerns us," Panetta said in the interview on the "Face the Nation" program of CBS. "And our red line to Iran is to not develop a nuclear weapon. That's a red line for us."

Panetta also said that Washington would "not tolerate" the blocking of the Strait of Hormuz, saying "that's another red line for us and that we will respond to them."

Appearing in the same interview, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, added that while the Iranians have the capability to block the strait for a time, the United States would also be able to "defeat" them if it happened.

"They've invested in capabilities that could, in fact, for a period of time block the Straits of Hormuz. We've invested in capabilities to ensure that if that happens, we can defeat that," he said. "We've described that as an intolerable act. And it's not just intolerable for us, it's intolerable to the world. But we would take action and reopen the Straits."

A leading Iranian newspaper reported Sunday that the Islamic republic has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site well protected from possible airstrikes.

Iran has insisted its nuclear program is for civilian and medical use only, but Western powers have accused it of harboring ambitions for nuclear weapons.


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Hammad Sethi at 2012-01-1078.144.28.*
This world is a Feud of Women, Wealth, and Land, as we all know, and the greatest freedom a person can have is economic freedom. So enemies try to take away our economic freedom, so that our Women, Wealth, and Land, becomes their’s. That is why USA and our other Christian enemies do not want to lose control of the Persian Gulf. Whoever provides the security, calls the economic shots, and in turn owns the Women, Wealth, and Land. But that is not really what I want to talk about. I do not agree with what Taliban or other militant outfits are doing in Muslim countries, simply because lack of law and order leads to economic disaster. But even if there were no Taliban; will our Christian enemies let us live in peace? The answer is NO. The simple fact is that our enemies created Taliban and other militant outfits in the first place. But we see the whole of the non-Muslim world, including Chinese world, cheering us forward in this so-called ‘War on Terror’. We have to understand, why Muslims were a world beating power when we really were a world beating power. We did not have better weapons, or better technologies, and we were not too large in numbers like we are today. The only difference between a Muslim and a non-Muslim when we used to be a world beating power was, that we did not love the world as much as non-Muslims loved the world. And as long as Muslims had this edge of faith over the non-Muslims, we were at the top. All non-Muslims, including the Chinese, are afraid of us and want to create love of the world in the Muslims. This is what I think the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is all about. Non-Muslims want the Muslims to turn away from the love of Allah Almighty, Love of the Beloved Holy Prophet (PBUH), and the Love of success in After-life. But even if we do, as the non-Muslims want us to do, they will not let us live in peace in the end. If we Muslims lose our faith then we are left in the middle of nowhere. The non-Muslims are attacking our very foundations of faith to make us weak and vulnerable and Pakistani government and other so-called Muslim governments who are helping the West tirelessly in this so-called war on terror, are just helping the worst anti-Muslim forces achieve their agenda. We Muslims should unite together and peacefully take matters into our own hands. Muslims should get rid of Taliban and other Militant outfits through talks and other domestic means, even military means if required. Unity leads to strength, and it will make us strong enough to persuade our enemies to live in peace in their own countries, and let Muslims live in peace in the Muslim world. China has nobody to rely on if the Muslim world goes down, because it will be stuck between the hostile West, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and Hindu India. Vatican is sitting on the borders of Russia, so the Russians cannot take a hostile stance openly, against the Muslims. It is important for Vatican, to force Britain to dump the Pound Sterling as soon as possible, so there is a stalemate between the Franco-German Catholic Europe and Britain. India and Israel now understand that they are a couple of nobodies, and the rest of the world also fully understands the Vatican’s aggressive hegemonic policies. This is the time for the Muslim world to act, and act in unison, and we will achieve peace for the whole of the free world.

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