On Tuesday, the White House warned lawmakers that thwarting US diplomatic efforts in dealing with Iran’s nuclear energy program could leave President Barack Obama little option but to use military force against Tehran.
"The American people do not want a march to war," spokesman Jay Carney said.
He warned that if President Obama’s efforts to solve the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic channels failed, or were blocked, he would be left with few other options including a military action.
"The American people justifiably and understandably prefer a peaceful solution” to Iran’s nuclear issue “and this agreement, if it's achieved, has the potential to do that," Carney said.
The White House warning came as US lawmakers are seeking to ratchet up additional sanctions against Iran in a move that is directed at derailing negotiations over a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Iran and the six major world powers -- the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany -- discussed the issue behind closed doors in Geneva, Switzerland. The intensive talks kicked off on November 7 and stretched into the early hours of November 10.
The two sides could not reach a deal in Geneva, but stressed that significant progress had been made and expressed optimism about the prospect of achieving a deal. The two sides agreed to continue negotiations on November 20 in the same venue.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that negotiations between Iran and the group of six major world powers in Geneva came “extremely close” to yielding results.
“Practically speaking, [a deal] shuts the [Israeli military] option down,” former National Security Advisor Maj. Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland told Israeli media.
“It doesn’t matter what we think about the deal. Israel won’t be able to do a thing,” he added.
Eiland said acting against the agreement between Iran and six major powers would make Israel as the world’s menace.
Iran and the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany ended the latest nuclear talks in Geneva without a deal. But the two sides planned to meet again on November 20.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is angry about the talks and denounced a possible agreement with Iran as a “historic blunder.”
Netanyahu said the deal would not be a “good deal” for Israel and the United States.
The UK also announced it has also dispatched the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Daring, which was docked in Singapore, to help provide humanitarian assistance alongside a military transport aircraft. The warship, which is equipped to make potable water from seawater, is also expected to arrive in two to three days.
Recent reports reveal more than a quarter of North Korean children under five are stunted by extreme malnutrition, while rural poverty remains endemic.