Analysis: Economy, military shape US Iran strategy

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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:11 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama may have to decide this year whether to use military force to fulfill his vow to prevent Iran from being able to build nuclear weapons, foreign policy experts say.

But America's economic and military realities argue intensely against attacking the Islamic republic and for muddling through by, perhaps, further tightening sanctions that have cut deeply into Tehran's economy.

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