U.S. defense chief warns Iran on nuclear program

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Posted: Mar 06, 2012 11:59 AM
U.S. defense chief warns Iran on nuclear program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday vowed the United States would take military action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon if diplomacy fails.

"Military action is the last alternative when all else fails," he said in prepared remarks to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC. "But make no mistake, we will act if we have to."

(Reporting by Jim Wolf; Editing by Neil Stempleman and Sandra Maler)

(This story corrects typo to United States in first paragraph)