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Gates Sees Potential In Iran Economic Sanctions

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today that targeted economic sanctions on Iran have "real potential" to pressure Tehran to halt its nuclear program.

Gates told Fox News that "there is a reasonable chance of getting the Iranian regime to finally come to their senses and realize that their security is probably more in danger by going forward."

He added, however, that all options, including a military strike, are still on the table in dealing with Tehran on the nuclear issue.

compiled from agency reports