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article imageUS Admiral Mike Mullen: Dealings with Iran must be realistic

By Michael Krebs     Nov 27, 2010 in World
As reports indicate that Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility is set to launch in January, US Admiral Mike Mullen is now openly suggesting it is time to look at the facts more realistically.
According to US Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, military considerations on Iran have been mulled "for a significant period of time." And while it is important to keep the military options fresh and dynamic, the key - as Mullen sees it - is to establish and maintain a realistic understanding of Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions.
Mullen believes - as does the US intelligence community - that Iran's nuclear ambitions are specific to the development of nuclear weapons. However, Mullen says that a military strike against Iran would only delay these ambitions.
"I still think it's important we focus on the dialogue, we focus on the engagement, but also do it in a realistic way that looks at whether Iran is actually going to tell the truth, actually engage and actually do anything," Mullen said in an interview that is slated to air on CNN on Sunday.
While the West's sanctions against Iran appear to be having an effect - with an impact that has been surprising to many - Iran appears resilient enough to continue with its nuclear plans. Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility is scheduled to come on line in January.
This development comes ahead of Iranian nuclear talks - scheduled for December 5 in Switzerland - between Iran, Russia, the US, China, Germany, France, and Britain. Strategists want the focus of those talks to center on persuading Iran to abandon its nuclear objectives entirely - and an Iranian reversal is also the top objective outlined by Admiral Mike Mullen.
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