US and Israel consider options on Iran, “We have to prepare for a world where Iran doesn’t have constraints on nuclear program”
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – The United States and Israel have announced they are considering alternative options for dealing with Iran in the event the Islamic regime refuses to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal and comply with the limits on uranium enrichment set out in the 2015 agreement, AP reports. After former president Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, the Islamic regime began enriching uranium to levels exceedingly far above the amount agreed to in the deal.
The announcement about alternative options was made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid during a press conference at the State Department on Wednesday AP reports. The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah Bin Zayed was also in attendance as, in addition to Iran being on the agenda for Blinken and Lapid, the three ministers discussed expanding the Trump-brokered “Abraham Accords,” which normalized relations between Israel and the UAE and other Arab states.
Noting that, despite protracted talks in Vienna, Iran has yet to commit to rejoining the JCPOA, Blinken said: “We will look at every option to deal with the challenge posed by Iran. And we continue to believe that diplomacy is the most effective way to do that. But, it takes two to engage in diplomacy, and we have not seen from Iran a willingness to do that at this point.”
Lapid added emphatically: “If a terror regime is going to acquire a nuclear weapon we must act. We must make clear that the civilized world won’t allow it. If the Iranians don’t believe the world is serious about stopping them, they will race to the bomb.”
Notably, the Biden administration’s special envoy for Iran negotiations, Robert Malley, echoed the ministers’ remarks during a separate address to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Wednesday, saying: “We have to prepare for a world where Iran doesn’t have constraints on its nuclear program and we have to consider options for dealing with that.”
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