The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday the U.S. military is "very ready" to counter Iran should it come to that.

"I've said all options have been on the table and remain on the table," Adm. Mike Mullen said.

Mullen was in Bahrain, where the U.S. has naval forces, to meet with the country's king. The meeting comes on the heels of leaked diplomatic cables that show leaders in the Middle East are nervous about Iran, which has been moving full-speed-ahead with its nuclear program.

"The United States takes very seriously our security commitments in the Gulf region," Mullen said, according to the Associated Press. "There are real threats to peace and stability here, and we've made no secrets of our concerns about Iran."

Without going into specifics of what U.S. plans might be, Mullen said the potential destabilizing effects of a nuclear Iran required coherent contingency plans. He said he believes Iran, which has claimed its program is for nuclear energy purposes,
is "continuing on this path to develop nuclear weapons."

"I would like someday to think that they would be responsible regional and international players as opposed to what they are right now," Mullen added. "I just haven't seen any steps taken in that regard."