By Richard Sisk for Military.com
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that the US military has at the ready constantly updated plans to use force to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons and the means to do so if diplomacy fails.
"We maintain military options because of Iran's bellicose statements and threats," he said at a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee, and "those plans remain operant."
Mattis was responding to questions from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, who said the risk of war had "dramatically increased" following President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that the U.S. is withdrawing from the international agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear programs.
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