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Joint Chiefs chair: Iran bomb would be ‘calamitous’

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said that Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon would be "calamitous for the region and for the world."

Adm. Mike Mullen also told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that if Iran was successful in its nuclear quest, it would start an arms race in the region.

"It then, in my view generates neighbors who feel exposed, deficient and then develop or buy the capability themselves," he told the committee.

Mullen did not endorse military action, but also told the commitee that the major powers need to "come together" to halt Iran and nuclear proliferation around the world.

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