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Romney promises military option to stop Iran nukes

March 6, 2012
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WASHINGTON—Republican candidate Mitt Romney says that if he were president, he would combine diplomacy with "a military option" to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Romney says his plan would include returning U.S. aircraft carrier groups to the eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. He also says he would increase military assistance to Israel.

Romney writes in Tuesday's edition of The Washington Post that if Iran gets nuclear weapons, "the consequences will be as uncontrollable as they are horrendous."

The former Massachusetts governor is scheduled to speak Tuesday to the annual convention of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the pro-Israel lobby on Monday that his country "cannot afford to wait much longer" for diplomacy to work with Iran.

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