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-- commander says his country may not wait to be attacked before dealing with its enemies the comment came during another busy day in the increasingly tense situation.
Between Iran and much of the world national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has the latest from the Pentagon.
Just days after entering the Mediterranean to Iranian destroyers returned back through the Suez Canal.
Leaving as suddenly as they arrived.
And despite reports that the Iranian warships had docked in Syria.
Pentagon officials say they didn't make it that far.
Still a top Iranian general is signaling the -- would be willing to carry out a preemptive strike a clear message to Israel.
Quote our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger -- -- national interests.
And want to decide to do that we will act without waiting for their actions.
The White House continued to press Israel not to strike first there is time and space.
For diplomacy to work for -- the effective sanctions to.
Result in a change Iranian behavior China India and Japan the three biggest purchasers of Arabian oil.
Agreed to cut down on the amount they import.
-- ten to 20%.
But skeptics still don't think sanctions alone will stop -- you know.
You know even the Obama administration Director of National Intelligence James clapper testified to the senate about.
Two weeks ago that all of the existing sanctions had had no effect on Iran's behavior -- policies in the nuclear field.
Depending -- officials continue to warn of the limits of a military strike.
Colin called served as the Pentagon's top middle east policy advisor until two months ago.
What we're talking about Israeli military action there a number of downsides.
One is that there's actually very little benefit from the strike US officials have been on record as suggesting.
I didn't Israeli strike -- -- buys you 12 maybe three years.
Today -- -- ran Iranian officials denied requests by visiting UN nuclear inspectors to interview Iranian nuclear scientist and barred the -- from visiting a military complex thought to be a secret weapons testing facility.
It's the second time in three weeks inspectors have been sent away empty handed threat Jennifer love the Pentagon.
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