Wednesday Jan 29, 201411:52 AM GMT
‘Obama would use force against Iran if weapons evidence found’
Former Head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) David Petraeus
Former Head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) David Petraeus

Former Head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) David Petraeus says US President Barack Obama would use force against Iran if evidence was found that Iran was developing nuclear weapons.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, Petraeus said Obama will not hesitate to strike Iran if the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six major world powers fell through.

“Obama will not hesitate to use force if he has proof that Iran is advancing, despite the agreements, toward a nuclear weapon, and that there is no other possibility to prevent it from doing so,” Petraeus said.

Iran has many times stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian objectives.

On November 24, 2013, Iran and the six major world powers - Russia, China, the US, France, Britain and Germany - inked the nuclear accord in the Swiss city of Geneva. The two sides started implementing the agreement on January 20.

Under the Geneva deal, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for the Islamic Republic agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

At the same conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Iran is just six weeks away from building a nuclear weapon. Last October, Israeli officials said Iran was just one month away from building a nuclear bomb.

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