Petraeus says Iran's nuclear facilities 'not bomb-proof'

A top US military commander said the United States has developed contingency plans to deal with Iran's nuclear facilities.

Petraeus says Iran's nuclear facilities 'not bomb-proof'

A top US military commander said the United States has developed contingency plans to deal with Iran's nuclear facilities.

He said that they "can be bombed, " a threat often voiced by Israel.

The United States has developed contingency plans in dealing with Iran's nuclear facilities, a top U.S. military commander told CNN.

Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, did not elaborate on the plans in the interview, to be aired Sunday.

Israel also often threatens Iran an attack over its nuclear sites. However, most experts estimate that Israel has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on information leaked to a British report.

When asked about rumors that Israel could attack Iran's facilities, Petraeus declined to comment about Israel's military plans.

"Well, they certainly can be bombed," he said. "The level of effect would vary with who it is that carries it out, what ordnance they have, and what capability they can bring to bear."

"It would be almost literally irresponsible if Centcom were not to have been thinking about the various 'what ifs' and to make plans for a whole variety of different contingencies," Petraeus said.

Petraeus said he thought there was still time for the nations to engage Iran in diplomacy, noting there is no deadline on the enactment of any US contingency plans, CNN noted.

But he added that "there's a period of time, certainly, before all this might come to a head, if you will."

Iran says it enriches uranium for civilian applications and that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has a right to the technology already in the hands of many others.



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