We are prepared to do what is necessary. But at this point we continue to believe that the political, economic approach that we are taking is in fact having an impact in Iran." Gates later told a small group of reporters that additional punitive measures by allies, beyond the UN sanctions, "have had considerable effect in terms of aggravating Iran's trade and financial operations". However, Gates said that all options remained on the table. "The president has said repeatedly that when it comes to Iran that all options are on the table and we are doing what we need to do to ensure that he has those options," he said.
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from the article: U.S.: Force is not the only way to stop a nuclear Iran