Apr 22, 2010 9:00 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
A senior defense official says the U.S. has ruled out a military strike against Iran anytime soon.
Senior Pentagon policy adviser Michele Flournoy says the U.S. would rather pursue economic sanctions if Tehran is moving toward building a nuclear weapon. Flournoy says a military strike against Iran would be a "last resort." Meanwhile, the Pentagon's chief spokesman says the military is confident it could defend the U.S. against the threat of an Iranian ballistic missile strike.
A department report to Congress concludes Iran could develop a missile capable of striking the United States by 2015.