U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says that, for the first time, the international community is united in opposition to Iran's disputed nuclear program.
Speaking to U.S.-funded Alhurra television on March 15 in Abu Dhabi, Panetta said that firm international diplomatic and economic sanctions are having an impact.
"It is impacting on their economy. It's impacting on their quality of life. It's impacting on their business community. It's impacting on their energy community," Panetta said.
He said he does not believe that Israel has made a decision to launch a military attack on Iran in a bid to knock out nuclear facilities.
Panetta said Washington believes a diplomatic solution with Tehran is still possible.
Iran's government denies any effort to develop a nuclear weapon.