August 1, 2012- Leon Panetta, the Defense Secretary from the United States, has travelled to Israel to begin talks on what has to be done about the nuclear ambitions of Iran. Before reaching Israel, Panetta stopped in Egypt where he praised the new leadership in the country. Panetta arrives in Israel as speculation mounts on whether an attack may be launched by Israel on nuclear sites within Iran.
While in Cairo on Tuesday, Panetta announced that the U.S. shares concerns with Israel about the nuclear ambitions of Tehran, but he said his talks would be only about discussing the threat, not about any plans for war. He said it is wrong to characterize our talks as being about potential attacks on Iran. He said they will talk about a number of contingencies of how to respond to what Tehran does going forward.
The U.S. has tightened sanctions against Iran hoping to cause the country to back down on its plans to continue with building a nuclear weapon. Iran has said its program is for peaceful reasons nothing more.
Some politicians in Israel have called for pre-emptive strikes, as they say the longer the country waits, the harder it will be to slow down or stop the nuclear program.
On Israeli TV, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel said he was still in discussions with advisers about whether to attack. He said no decision has been made yet regarding an attack. Panetta and Netanyahu will meet Wednesday.