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Panetta threatens military action against Iran nuke programme

Ashkelon, Israel: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is warning that Iran must either negotiate acceptable limits on its nuclear program or face the possibility of US military action to stop it from getting the bomb.

Panetta made his remarks outside this city in southern Israel, with an "Iron Dome" anti-rocket defense system as a backdrop.

Panetta said that the US will use force to keep Iran's nuke programme within limits.

Panetta said repeatedly that "all options," including military force, are on the table to stop Iran, should sanctions and diplomacy — the preferred means of persuasion — ultimately fail.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, standing beside Panetta, said he sees an "extremely low" probability that sanctions will ever compel Iran to give up its nuclear activities.

AP