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Apr 22, 2010 9:00 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

US confident it could intercept an Iranian missile

A senior defense official says the U.S. has ruled out a military strike against Iran anytime soon.

Senior Pentagon policy adviser Michele Flournoy says the U.S. would rather pursue economic sanctions if Tehran is moving toward building a nuclear weapon. Flournoy says a military strike against Iran would be a "last resort." Meanwhile, the Pentagon's chief spokesman says the military is confident it could defend the U.S. against the threat of an Iranian ballistic missile strike.

A department report to Congress concludes Iran could develop a missile capable of striking the United States by 2015.

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