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Panetta: Iran will not be allowed nukes

(CBS News) 

The U.S. Secretary of Defense said Monday night that Iran will not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. In an interview, Leon Panetta, said despite the efforts to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program, the Iranians have reached a point where they can assemble a bomb in a year or potentially less.

Secretary Panetta spoke with us at the end of an overseas trip during which he reviewed strategy in Afghanistan and formally ended the war in Iraq.

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley caught up with Secretary Panetta on his tour last week of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. On the way home, he boarded the jet nicknamed "The Doomsday Plane." This is the command post where he and the president would direct a nuclear war. In an interview for "60 Minutes," we sat down in the compartment where he would execute the commander-in-chief's orders. Panetta told CBS News that Iran needs only one year to build a nuclear weapon.

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Pelley: So are you saying that Iran can have a nuclear weapon in 2012?

Panetta: It would probably be about a year before they can do it. Perhaps a little less. But one proviso, Scott, is if they have a hidden facility somewhere in Iran that may be enriching fuel.

Pelley: So that they can develop a weapon even more quickly...

Panetta: On a faster track....

Pelley: Than we believe....

Panetta: That's correct.


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Comment by Anonymous
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What to do with USrael after they have lost World War III they are preparing and provocating right now: The land of Israel will returned to the Palestinians if it is still a place somebody can live in and the land of the US will returned completely to the Native Americans if it is still a place somebody can live in. What to do with the Israeli survivors if there are a view? The Palestinians should decide what to do with them. What to do if there are some USciticen as survivors. The Native Americans will have to decide how to deal with their occupiers. But it is unlikely that there will be a lot of survivors in the US and in Israel if they are provocation World War III.

Comment by Anonymous
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Iran definetely need nuclear and other effective weapons to defend itself, because they are getting constantely threatend by USrael. But the US and Israel needs to get completely disarmed because they are the worst aggressors out there in the world.

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