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US defence secretary Leon Panetta on military action against Iran.

We will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, period. We will not allow them to develop a nuclear weapon, and we will exert all options in the effort to ensure that that does not happen.

US defence secretary Leon Panetta warns of possible military action against Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) listens as US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (R) speaks to the media before a meeting. Photograph: Getty Images.