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Top U.S. Commander For Diplomacy In Iran Nukes Issue

U.S. Admiral William Fallon (epa) June 19, 2007 -- The commander of the U.S. Central Command has said he considers the use of force against Iran as a measure of last resort.

Admiral William Fallon, speaking after a meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe, said he favors diplomatic means to solve the Iranian nuclear issue.

Meanwhile Iran's representative to OPEC, Hossein Kazempur Ardebili, was quoted as refusing to rule out using oil supplies as a weapon in the standoff over its nuclear program.

(compiled from agency reports)

Afghanistan And Iran

Afghanistan And Iran

Afghan President Hamid Karzai being greeted in Tehran in May 2006 (epa)

TEHRAN PLAYS ITS HAND. RFE/RL analyst Amin Tarzi led a discussion on the role Afghanistan may play in the delicate diplomatic game being played by Iran and the United States. Tarzi outlined ways in which Tehran might be flexing its muscle to show Washington that it can destabilize its neighbor.


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