Mullen: Israel understands the risks of attacking Iran

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen says that Iran’s statements, according to which their nuclear program is designed for civilian needs, cannot be trusted. Though he warned: “An attack would destabilize the Middle East.”

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army, Admiral Mike Mullen, made clear this morning that Israel understands that an attack on Iran would destabilize the region. “An attack on Iran would undermine the stability of the Middle East and Israel understands that,” he said.

Mullen, who spoke at a security conference that took place in Aspen, Colorodo, made clear that “Iran will continue aspiring for nuclear weapons even if tougher sanctions will be imposed on her.”

According to Mullen, “It would be very dangerous if Iran acquired nuclear weapons.” The commander of the US Armed Forces added that “Teheran’s declarations that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes cannot be trusted.”

Two days ago, during his visit to Israel, Mullen said, “I am always trying to see the threats and challenges from an Israeli angle.” Mullen made the statement at the close of his meeting with the IDF Chief of Staff and with Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The visiting Chief of Staff added that he was happy to visit Israel and said that values the strong and stable relationship between the two armies. On his Israeli counterpart, Mullen said, “Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi’s leadership improved the relationship between us, but the challenges remain.”

Ashkenazi also thanked his guest and praised the relationship between the two armies. “We discussed the threats and challenges before us. I see in Admiral Mullen a true friend and partner,” Ashkenazi surmised.