U.S. Military Official Expresses Concern Over Potential Israeli Strike on Iran

U.S. officials are concerned that Israel take military action against Iran without giving prior notice to the U.S., a senior U.S. military official said Friday.

Anonymous statements regarding the upcoming release of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities are escalating tensions to a fever pitch, with Israel repeatedly hyping a unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The U.S. official told the CNN network that the diplomatic convention in the past of Israel tacitly seeking U.S. approval for unilateral strikes “now…doesn’t seem so ironclad.” He said the U.S. has increased its “watchfulness” of Iran and Israel over the past few weeks.

The IAEA report is due to be released on Tuesday and is said by some diplomats to contain “compelling” evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program. The U.S. is worried that an Israeli preemptive strike on Iran would create violent chaos and put U.S. soldiers, bases, and interests in the region at risk.

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  • MvGuy

    What route do they plan to take…?? Now that Georgia is "on probation"

  • jan burton

    So the US sees dire consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran and yet what will the US do to stop it? Nothing!

    Lest anyone doubt who owns Washington.

  • Alan MacDonald

    David Sanger in today's NYT reprises Judith Miller's cheer-leading skills in the first half of this 'great game'.

    Liberty,democracy, justice, and equality

    Alan MacDonald

    "Occupy Empire"

  • ML3

    the US should hang these em effers out to dry if they start a war with Iran. Let the krazy klowns be the international Nazi-pariahs all on their miserable own.

  • Andor

    In October 2006, North Korea became the world’s eighth atomic power, conducting an underground nuclear weapons test.
    Just imagine South Korea or Japan preparing to bomb North Korea…. No, at the time they were thinking of some sanctions, but nothing so drastic as dropping bombs…

    Japan's ambassador to the U.N., Yukio Takasu, said that while there was agreement that the council was facing a "very serious" situation, there was discord on the "appropriate format" in which the council should respond.

    Mr. Takasu spoke to reporters after a meeting among ambassadors from the five permanent members of the council: Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S., plus Japan. The permanent members must agree on a course of action before bringing it to the council at large. The U.S. and Japan are pressing for a resolution that would condemn North Korea's action and, at minimum, seek to enforce existing U.N. military and financial sanctions on Pyongyang.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,512895,00.htm

    Killing workers, clerks, repairmen in peaceful time is a crime.