Hagel pledges focus on Iran attack options as defense chief

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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:00 am

Chuck Hagel is pledging that as defense secretary he will “focus intently on ensuring the U.S. military” is prepared to strike Iran's nuclear facilities if needed.

“I agree with the president that the United States should take no options off the table in our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Hagel said in written answers to policy questions posed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, which will hold a hearing tomorrow on President Barack Obama's nomination of the former Nebraska senator to head the Pentagon.

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