US President Barack Obama has told the Republican-dominated Congress that the military option against Iran will remain on the table for several years, despite the Vienna nuclear agreement.
“Should Iran seek to dash toward a nuclear weapon, all of the options available to the United States — including the military option — will remain available through the life of the deal and beyond,” Obama wrote to Congress on August 19, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
“We have a wide range of unilateral and multilateral responses that we can employ should Iran fail to meet its commitments,” read the letter.
The letter obtained by the Times, addressed Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York. It was also aimed at other Democrats with concerns about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between the US, Iran and five other world powers in Vienna in mid-July.
Under the agreement, restrictions will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The US Congress is reviewing the Iran nuclear agreement and is likely to vote on it in September.