Panetta: Sanctions hurting but not stopping Iran

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that although tough international sanctions have not yet caused Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions, they would eventually persuade the regime to “do what’s right.”

Speaking July 30 in Tunisia, Panetta said the sanctions have caused significant damage to Iran’s economy, according to the Associated Press. Panetta was on his way to Tel Aviv to meet with Israeli leaders Aug. 1.

As Iran’s alleged quest for a nuclear weapon continues, Israel’s leadership has raised the possibility of striking Iran’s nuclear facilities, a move the Obama administration has argued is premature. The administration has, however, repeatedly declared that “all options” are on the table.

How to deal with Iran’s nuclear program has been a central foreign policy issue of the presidential campaign. — jta