U.S. says opponents to diplomacy with Iran should consider alternative

Opponents to the U.S. attempt to pursue diplomacy with Iran to solve the nuclear crisis should consider the alternative, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Friday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to a question about whether the U.S. would continue to pursue diplomacy with Iran, even though Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects the idea of a deal with Iran. Psaki said diplomacy is the right path to pursue and a better alternative than war.

"I think we're looking at multiple tracks here, including our continued pursuit of seeing whether a diplomatic path is possible," Psaki said. "As you know, and we've talked about a bit in here, the alternative, in our view, is a path to war - a path to diplomacy, a path to war. We think the path to diplomacy is the right path."

When asked if people who are opposed to the U.S. attempt to broker a deal with Iran are in favor of war, Psaki said the U.S. believes the alternative to diplomacy is conflict.

"What I'm conveying is anyone who is an opponent should think about what the alternative is," Psaki said. "Our view is the alternative is conflict, aggression. That's not an alternative that we would like to pursue."

Psaki reiterated that all options remain on the table, including military action, if diplomacy fails and Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapons.