August 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said Sunday the United States has a plan in place to attack Iran, if it is necessary.

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“Military actions have been on the table and remain on the table” for curbing Iran’s nuclear ambition,” Mullen, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer, told NBC’s “Meet the Press”. When asked if the military has a plan in place to attack Iran if it is needed, he replied: “we do.”

“I hope we don’t get to that, but it’s an important option, and it’s one that’s well understood,” he said.

But Mullen said attacking Iran would not be the best option Washington seeks “not just for the consequences of the action itself, but the things that could result after the fact.”

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