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Gates Memo Calls for Stronger Iran Policies

A memo prepared in January by Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged President Obama to consider new options in the effort to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  The memo, which called for additional military options should diplomacy fail, has been called a “wake-up call” by one senior official, though the Obama administration denies that the memo sparked a reassessment of Iran policy.  Insisting that the administration has considered all possible responses to Iran’s development of nuclear technology, white house officials maintain that they were already fully prepared for all contingencies.  Nevertheless, others are viewing the memo as a stark warning to the President that the United States was unprepared to deal with Iran’s nuclear development.

President Obama has stated that Iran will not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, but no has not revealed what would be done should Iran develop the technology and only stop short of building a usable weapon.


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