US strike could delay Iran nuclear program-Mullen

NEW YORK, April 18 Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:44pm BST

NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters) - The nation's top military officer said on Sunday that a U.S. strike against Iran would go "a long way" to delaying its nuclear program but that he considered doing so his "last option" right now.

"Military options would go a long way to delaying it," Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters after speaking at a forum at Columbia University in New York.

"That's not my call. That's going to be the president's call," he added. "But from my perspective ... the last option is to strike right now." (Reporting by Adam Entous; Editing by Jackie Frank)