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U.S. General Says Attack Would Strengthen Iran's Nuclear Resolve

  • RFE/RL

Former Vice Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright (file photo)

Former Vice Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright (file photo)

WASHINGTON -- General James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, says a limited strike on Iran would "probably" strengthen Tehran's resolve to move forward toward creating nuclear weapons.

Cartwright, who was the second-highest-ranking U.S. military officer under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, made the remark on March 28 at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing titled, "High Stakes and Hard Choices: U.S. Policy on Iran."

Cartwright said he was worried that "like in Iraq and Afghanistan, the bombing itself is not going to change [people's] mind."

Cartwright also warned that Iran could "well within a year" attempt to build a crude version of a nuclear weapon using material that would not be considered weapons-grade by the United States.

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