December 11, 2009
[efoods]KIRKUK, Iraq — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Friday that world powers will soon impose “significant additional sanctions” on Iran over its failure to engage in talks on its nuclear ambitions.
Gates, speaking to a group of about 300 U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq during a weeklong tour of war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, played down the prospect of military action against Tehran.
“There are no good options in Iran,” he said, in response to a query from a soldier wondering about the prospect of war with the Islamic Republic. “One of the things that weighs on me is that if we have learned anything from Iraq over the past six years, [it] is the inherent unpredictability of war.”