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Military action last option against Iran

US lawmakers have told Bush admn that action against Tehran should be taken after approval from Congress.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 13:25 IST
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US lawmakers have told the Bush administration that while military action against Tehran remained an option, it should be taken only as a last resort after approval from the Congress.

The UN Security Council willhear the Iran nuclear issue this week.

"I think we can stop them from having a nuclear weapon short of war" remarked Senator Joseph Biden the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"Ultimate the table. But you never want it to get that far. But if necessary, it is an option. But it is not one that is desirable," said George Allen Republican Senator from Virginia.

Both Biden and Allen stressed that Washington must work with other countries that deal with Iran, while reminding that White House would need Congressional approval before any military was action to curb Iran's nuclear weapons programme.

"He (Bush) has to do that," Senator Biden said.

There is considerable attention both in the Bush administration and Congress of the developments in the Iran issue with senior officials of the State Department ruling out as early as last Friday itself any further "crisis" talks as suggested by the Russians. The only talk has been reserved at the United Nations Security Council, officials stressed.