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    Panetta tells Israel force is option on Iran

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    US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that Iran must either negotiate acceptable limits on its nuclear programme or face the possibility of US military action to stop it from getting the bomb.

    Panetta made his remarks Wednesday outside a city in southern Israel, with an "Iron Dome" anti-rocket defence system as a backdrop.

    Panetta said repeatedly that "all options", including military force, are on the table to stop Iran, should sanctions and diplomacy, the preferred means of persuasion, ultimately fail.

    Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, standing beside Panetta, said he sees an "extremely low" probability that sanctions will ever compel Iran to give up its nuclear activities.

    Al Jazeera's Cal Perry reports from Jerusalem.