Carter says Iran to be confronted if it commits aggression

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reassures US Congress that Iran will face consequences if it undertakes hostile acts

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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stated that the Iran nuclear deal will not prevent the US armed forces from confronting Iran if the country commits any acts of aggression during his speech to the US Congress on Wednesday.

"If Iran were to commit aggression, our robust force posture ensures we can rapidly surge an overwhelming array of forces into the region, leveraging our most advanced capabilities, married with sophisticated munitions that put no target out of reach," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The White House is attempting to convince lawmakers skeptical of the recently agreed-upon deal that it is a better option than a military strike.

"This is a good deal because it removes a continued source of threat and uncertainty in a comprehensive and verifiable way, by preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," Carter said. "It's a deal that takes no option away from a future president. This is an important achievement and a deal that deserves your support."

Carter recently returned after visiting Israel and its Gulf allies last week to discuss the nuclear deal and assured future US support for the countries, who see the deal as a means by which Iran will gain more power within the region.

Carter also reassured lawmakers that Washington will stay alert in maintaining stability throughout the region and defending Israel’s territorial integrity.

US lawmakers remain concerned regarding the nuclear deal, believing that the lifting of the 36 year long economic restrictions on Iran could cause it’s economy to expand rapidly which in turn could help the country take actions which may destabilise the region.

"The Iran agreement not only paves Iran's path to a nuclear capability, it will further Iran's emergence as a dominant military power in the Middle East," US Senator John McCain stated.

The US Congress has up until September 17 to come up with a final judgement regarding the Iran deal. A two-thirds majority in both houses is required to reject the deal, which observers say is doubtful.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei cast aside his notorious and longstanding mistrust of the United States and its allies on July 14 when he supported the signing of the nuclear deal in order to curb the decade long economic isolation of his country.

The deal between Iran and the six world powers is aimed at monitoring Iran's most sensitive nuclear work for over 12 years in exchange for immediate relief for the country from the economic sanctions that have long crippled its economy.

TRTWorld and agencies