McCain on Iran: Military Option Is 'Last Option'

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As Western diplomats discuss what to do about Iran's nuclear ambitions, Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ) says: "We cannot take the military option off the table, but we have to make it very clear it's the last option."


This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

Western nations and Israel are deciding what to do next about Iran. Europeans say they've reached an impasse in talks over Iran's nuclear program. That doesn't mean diplomacy is over. A top U.S. diplomat says there are still steps that can be taken short of a military strike. And Senator John McCain told Fox News he hopes that works.

Senator JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona):

We cannot take the military option off the table but we have to make it very clear it's the last option. There's only one thing worse than the United States exercising military option and that is Iran having nuclear weapons. They already have the missiles to put them on.

MONTAGNE: Senator John McCain.

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