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US Defense Secretary Gates said that the news media mischaracterized his January memo on Iran that was leaked last week. US Secretary of State Clinton warned of "regional conflict" if UN sanctions are not imposed on Tehran. Iran's nuclear summit urged Israel to abandon nuclear weapons. US Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen said diplomacy is the best option on Iran. Iran displayed a new air defense system at an Army parade.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the US has no policy to deal with Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon. A top general said the Iranian Army "is prepared to engage in asymmetric wars and is able to change regional equations to its benefit."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei President said the US is the only nation to use nukes and turned Israel into "an arsenal with huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons." Ahmadinejad called for the US and other nuclear-armed states to be banned from the IAEA. Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq backed Iran's nuclear program. Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff said the military is "prepared to destroy the US forces and equipments in the region."
Malaysia cut off Iran's gasoline supplies. The five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany accelerated negotiations on a new round of sanctions against Iran. Ex-president Khatami has been barred from leaving Iran.
The US is willing to consider a weaker regimen of sanctions on Iran. Top US military leaders said Iran could have nuclear fuel for a weapons program in a year and a nuclear weapon in 2-5 years. A Pentagon report said that Iran has the military resources to barricade the Persian Gulf. The UN Security Council will consider an arms embargo on Iran.
US Secretary of Defense Gates said Iran is at least a year away from producing a nuclear weapon. The US intelligence community said Iran won't be capable of a nuclear weapon for 3-5 years. Iranian military officials defied the clerical leadership over punishing anti-government protesters.
Russian President Medvedev said the US Congress' proposals for sanctions on Iran will not receive international support. China does not back additional sanctions on Iran. Defense Minister Vahidi said Iran has plans to develop a long-range missile defense system.
Iran's envoy to the IAEA questioned the objectivity of the nuclear watchdog. US Secretary of Defense Gates said Iran has not yet assembled a nuclear weapon but that it would be difficult to verify. Russia's president said he would not support sanctions that target Iran's oil exports.
Iran will file a formal complaint against the US over President Obama's "threatening remarks" made while outlining the new US nuclear strategy. Secretary of State Clinton said Iran™s "belligerence is helping to make our case every single day." Iran has built the Mersad, a mid-range missile defense system. The Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Forces said the US is in a "deep quagmire" in Iraq and Afghanistan.