Colin Powell Gets Four-Star Treatment At ASU

APRIL 13, 2006 - Posted at 7:33 p.m. CST, updated at 7:29 a.m. on 4/14

JONESBORO, AR -  General Powell didn't walk in the room like a former Secretary of State and Four Star General. But he was given the four-star treatment at ASU Thursday night.  The latest speaker in ASU's Distinguised Lecture Series fielded a few questions on foreign policy, most notably Iran and it's nuclear ambitions.  He said that he disputes claims that Iran is ready to build a nuclear weapon.  He says that is probably five years away.

In recent days we've heard reports of military action to stop Iran's desires for nuclear power something General Powell called "badly overstated". Powell says diplomacy is still the way to go.

Powell says American leadership has helped maintain peace worldwide, stating that U.S. leaders need to do more to create peace in the Middle East and that American troops in Iraq need to come back gradually.

Powell also said that the generosity of Americans is the country's greatest asset.

Approximately 900 people were on hand for Powell's address at the Fowler Center, which was part of ASU's Liberty Bank Distingshed Lecture Series.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)