Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told CNN’s Erin Burnett that while the U.S. is focused on the talks, it is also prepared to invoke the military option if they fall through.
“We have the capability to shut down, set back and destroy the Iranian nuclear program and I believe the Iranians know that and understand that,” Carter said
Washington (CNN) Gathered around conference tables in Vienna, diplomats are working feverishly to hammer out the terms of a long-elusive nuclear deal with Iran.
The official deadline for an agreement is Tuesday, but the parties have all but declared that talks will not be concluded by the stroke of midnight. Though the negotiations are likely to continue for at least several more days in search of an agreement, the remaining obstacles and dragging timeline are raising questions about whether a deal will be reached.
Even as officials from the United States and its allies emphasize their commitment to the diplomatic process, there’s a heightened awareness that failure to reach a deal could increase the pressure for U.S. military action against Iranian nuclear sites.
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