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July 30, 2012 3:49 pm

Panetta: Sanctions Hurting Iranian Economy, Haven’t Stopped Nuclear Ambitions

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. Photo: wiki commons.

Haaretz/AP – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta acknowledged Monday that increasingly stiff international sanctions have yet to compel Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. But he argued that more pressure eventually would lead Iran to “do what’s right.”

Iran’s disputed nuclear program, which Tehran contends is only for peaceful purposes, is a prominent backdrop to Panetta’s five-day tour of the Middle East and North Africa, during which he will also be visiting Israel.

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