(CNSNews.com) - "How concerned should Americans be about the prospect of nuclear war?" CBS's Scott Pelley asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview that aired on "60 Minutes" on Sunday:
"Scott, we've heard a lot of irresponsible rhetoric coming out of Vladimir Putin, but we're focused on making sure that we're all acting responsibly, especially when it comes to this kind of loose rhetoric," Blinken said.
"We have been very clear with the Russians, publicly and as well as privately, to stop the loose talk about nuclear weapons.
Blinken said the Biden administration has told Russia that the consequences of nuclear war "would be horrific and we've made that very clear."
"I'm not going to get into what the consequences would be," Blinken told Pelley. "Any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic effects for, of course, the country using them but for many others as well."
Pelley asked Blinken, "If you can't give us specifics about a U.S. response, can you tell us that the administration has a plan?"
"We do," said Blinken.
"Is it a plan that would prevent World War III?" Pelley asked.
"President Biden has been determined that, as we're doing everything we can to help the Ukrainians defend themselves, as we're doing everything we can to rally other countries to put pressure on Russia, we're also determined this war not expand, not get broader," Blinken replied.
Blinken repeated something he's said before -- that Putin "has a clear way out of the war he started. And that's to end it. If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends."