US big bombs ready, Panetta warns Iran -
08-01-2012, 06:10 PM
U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley has told the media the massive 13,608 kg (30,000 pound) GBU-57 bunker-buster bombs are now ready to be used if needed.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that Iran must either negotiate acceptable limits on its nuclear program or face the possibility of U.S. military action to stop it from getting the bomb.
The Pentagon chief 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.He said he still hopes Iran will see that negotiations are the best way out of this crisis.
However, Panetta said, “If they continue and if they proceed with a nuclear weapon, ... we have options that we are prepared to implement to ensure that that does not happen.”