Mullen: US has plan ready to strike Iran if needed
The US military has a plan to attack Iran, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday, although he thinks a military strike is probably a bad idea.
Not long after Adm. Mike Mullen’s aired on a Sunday talk show, the deputy chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was quoted as saying there would be a strong Iranian response should the US take military action against his country.
“I think the military options have been on the table and remain on the table,” Mullen said on “Meet the Press” on NBC. “It’s one of the options that the president has. Again, I hope we don’t get to that, but it’s an important option and it’s one that’s well understood.”
The official Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Revolutionary Guard deputy chief Yadollah Javani as saying Sunday that security in the Persian Gulf would be jeopardized “if Americans commit the slightest mistake.”
“The Persian Gulf is a strategic region. If the security of this region is endangered, they will suffer losses too and our response will be firm,” Javani said.
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This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Aug. 1, 2010.