Panetta Believes Israel May Strike Iran This Spring - ReportWorld | February 3, 2012, Friday // 08:50| views
Reports claimed the Defense Secretary anticipates an attack in the spring. Photo by Getty Images
There is a strong possibility that Israel will strike Iran's nuclear installations this spring, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta allegedly reckons.
"Panetta believes there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June - before Iran enters what Israelis described as a "zone of immunity" to commence building a nuclear bomb," a Washington Post columnist David Ignatius stated in an article.
Upon asked about the opinion piece by reporters travelling with him to a NATO meeting in Brussels, Panetta neither denied nor confirmed the claim.
"I'm not going to comment on that. David Ignatius can write what he will but with regards with what I think and what I view, I consider that to be an area that belongs to me and nobody else," the US Defense Secretary commented, as cited by The Telegraph.
He added that Isreael has indicated they are considering a strike.
Israel's military intelligence chief said on Thursday he estimated that Iran could make four atomic bombs by further enriching uranium it had already stockpiled, and could produce its first bomb within a year of deciding to build one.
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