U.S. Central Command Admiral William J.
Fallon (File Photo)
April 5 (Xinhua) -- Visiting commander of U.S. Central Command Admiral William
J. Fallon on Thursday denied an attack on Iran soon, saying that the Iranian
issue should be solved through diplomatic channels.
Fallon made the denial to reporters after his meeting
with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharmel-Sheikh,
the official MENA news agency reported here.
Asked whether the United States would attack Iran
soon, especially as Washington beefed up military presence in the Gulf region
recently, the top U.S. officer gave a negative answer.
"Washington already had its hands full in Iraq and
Afghanistan," he explained.
Talking on the Iranian nuclear issue, Fallon told the
reporters that Iran should be convinced through diplomatic channels that seeking
to possess nuclear weapons is not a good idea.
He, meanwhile, expressed that the United States in
general does not encourage nuclear proliferation in the Middle East region and
is keen on maintaining the peace and security of the region.
Enhanced military nuclear capabilities of countries
in the region would be counterproductive and even unwarranted, he said, while
being asked about the danger posed by Israel's nuclear weapons to regional
security and stability in light of the U.S. hardline stance towards the Iranian
The U.S. stance towards Tehran is as clear and firm
as that of UN member states, Fallon said, accusing Iran of pursuing a program
leading to producing nuclear weapons, which were "Gulf leaders' concerns about
Tehran has denied the allegation.
Fallon's visit to Egypt is part of his first regional
tour since he assumed post last month succeeding General John P. Abizaid.
He has already visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar and
Kuwait, where he met with the countries' leaders and top officials to listen to
their views on regional issues and discussed bilateral cooperation with
WASHINGTON, April 2
(Xinhua) -- The White House renewed on Monday its denial of increasing rhetoric
that the United States is preparing for war against Iran.
"We reject any notion that suggests that we are
ratcheting up the language in terms of trying to prepare to go to war with Iran.
That is certainly not the case," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said at a
news briefing. Full story
KUWAIT CITY, April 4 (Xinhua) -- The
United States is planning to attack Iran's nuclear reactors and other nuclear
facilities by the end of this month, Kuwait-based daily Arab Times reported
Citing anonymous sources in Washington, the Times
said that various White House departments have already started preparing the
political speech, which will be delivered by the U.S. president later this
month, announcing the military attack on Iran. Full story
WASHINGTON, March 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. aircraft carrier
Nimitz and its support ships will depart United States next Monday for the
Persian Gulf to join another aircraft carrier strike group already in that
region, the Pentagon said Friday.
The nuclear-powered carrier will join the John C.
Stennis Strike Group and relieve carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to a
news release from the Pentagon. Full story