U.S. commander: Iran sanctions not working
Gen. James N. Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
March 5th, 2013
02:24 PM ET

U.S. commander: Iran sanctions not working

Severe sanctions against Iran - under fire for its nuclear activities - are not working, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said on Tuesday.

Gen. James Mattis, the commander of U.S. Central Command, made the statement in response to a question from U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican.

Mattis said at a Senate hearing, he said, "we have to continue sanctions" to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability, "but have other options ready."

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  1. Pete

    Irans just not being cooperative and eventually will break under duress because their people are suffering and as usual they can't live under this strangle hold from us and the UN forever..Something will give and you'll see them either make a mistake leading to a military conflict or something in their nuclear industry might go awry making them ask the nuclear community of scientists for help!!Something has to give sometime,it always does!!

    March 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Translation of US commanders comments :

    Our congrssmen have been telling me that Israel is itching to attack Iran. So to make it sound like we have no other choice, I have made this statement. We're just waiting for the weather to warm up a little and then Israel can have at it.

    March 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name s kel

    another excuse for another costly war? Is this the pentagons way of keeping their budget?

    March 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ronald Ray-Gun

    Severe Sanctions require Severe Punishment.
    How about some Lessons In Brutality for Iran.....?

    March 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Exactly @ bobcat and s kel! And what right do we have to tell Iran what they can or cannot do? Particularly when the US and Israel both have nuclear weapons.

    March 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Most definitely @ bobcat and @ s kel! And what right does the US or Israel have to tell Iran what they can or cannot do?

    March 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol well first you block me from posting forever and then you put em all up?? Wth?

    March 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @chrissy,good evening again to you and all.It's the intelligent posters that constantly get left off ,must be your wisdom and worldly charm that shakes them up too much!!Like me they always leave off my best posts, morons these moderators aren't they!!

      March 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    No you are a troll @ 5:28!

    March 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name s kel

    chrissy is some troll mocking you?

    March 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Lol yea it appears that thats exactly what hes doing @ s kel.

    March 6, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. sammy

    shame on Israel to use this excuse of nuclear weapons again first with Iraq. only the iraqi people suffered they use this excuse
    again with Iran and north Korea these countries need to develop and grow as like America and Russia it would best to work with these growing countries war would not be in Americas best interest but suits Israel just fine to use America as escape goat

    March 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |