US to consider 'range of options' if Iran nuclear talks fail

April 02, 2015 08:54
US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) takes a break during an extended round of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne on April 1. Photo: Reuters

The Obama administration has begun discussing its options in case of failure to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported. 

If the talks fail, alternatives could include stiffer economic sanctions, military action or an extension of the interim agreement with Iran that expires June 30, according to the report.

"In the unfortunate circumstance that we could find ourselves in, which is that we’re not able to reach an agreement, then the president will have to consider that range of options," White House press secretary Josh Earnest was quoted as saying.

Options were being mulled even as Secretary of State John Kerry continued to hold discussions in the Swiss city of Lausanne to hammer out a deal.

But American lawmakers seized on the lack of progress late Wednesday to renew calls for tough new sanctions, the report said. 

The six world powers negotiating with Iran missed the deadline Tuesday night to conclude a framework agreement outlining elements of a final deal to be reached by June 30.

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