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U.S. defense chief will urge Israeli caution over Iran

U.S. defense chief Leon Panetta has said he would raise concerns about the “unintended consequences” of a possible military attack on Iran, including the impact on world economy, when he meets on Friday his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak. Panetta said the United States believed the most effective way to confront Iran still was to use diplomatic pressure and sanctions to try to curb the Islamic state’s nuclear program.A strike on Iran would at best only delay the nuclear program by about two years, endanger U.S. forces in the region and possibly damage both the American and global economy, he said.

Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia

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