Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says "deal or no deal" with Iran on its nuclear proliferation, a military option remains firmly on the table.
In a speech to the American Legion in Baltimore, where the group is holding its annual convention, Carter said "the deal places no limits whatsoever on our military," Military.com
"We will continue to protect our friends in the region, especially Israel, from Iran's destabilizing activities," he said in the Tuesday remarks.
"As I told some of the more than 35,000 American troops in the region when I visited last month: Deal or no deal, the United States military will remain 'full speed ahead.' "
"Our strategy toward Iran includes, but is not limited to the agreement," he added, nevertheless calling the agreement a "good" one.
Military veterans' groups are still cautious about the pact, the website reports.
The American Legion is scheduled to take up a resolution about the Iran agreement on Wednesday, spokeswoman Andrea Dickerson tells Military.com.
But a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Joe Davis, tells the website the group has neither supported nor opposed the deal.
"There are a lot of things not to like about this deal, such as sample testing, the advance notice required before an onsite visit by [International Atomic Energy Agency] inspectors, that the release of the four jailed Americans wasn't included, and that no mention was made of Iran's state sponsorship of terrorism in neighboring counties," Davis tells the website.
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