The United States has threatened to resort to the military option against Iran if the diplomatic track fails to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, a threat that clearly restores Israeli warnings in this regard.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid in Washington on Wednesday evening that the United States considers that a “diplomatic solution is the best way” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
But he indicated more firmly than before that his impatience is near in light of the continuous suspension since June of the negotiations aimed at saving the international agreement concluded in 2015 between Iran and the major countries, saying that “dialogue requires two parties, and we have not seen at this stage an intention by Iran” to engage in dialogue.
He also reminded that the available margin is “reducing”.
In response to his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid’s threat to use force against Tehran, Blinken said briefly, “We are ready to resort to other options if Iran does not change its course.”
For his part, Lapid said, “I think the whole world understands what the other options are.” “Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and I are the sons of Holocaust survivors. We know that there are times when nations must use force to protect the world from evil,” he said.
He added, “Israel reserves the right to act at any time and in any way.”
Lapid and Blinken
It is noteworthy that, during his visit to Washington, Lapid seeks to ask the administration of President Joe Biden to prepare an “alternative plan” in the event of the failure of the diplomatic track with Tehran.
That visit came as the Americans began to talk more and more about the necessity of preparing alternative plans regarding the Iranian nuclear file.
The US envoy in charge of the Iranian file, Robert Malley, who led the indirect negotiations with Iran earlier this year, confirmed earlier yesterday that the US administration is realistic, and realizes that there is at least a great possibility that Tehran will choose a different path, so we have to coordinate. With Israel and allies in the region.
Control of the nuclear program
In addition, Mali added that in the coming days he will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, to discuss “efforts to revive the nuclear agreement” and “options available to control the nuclear program in case those efforts fail.”
It is noteworthy that the nuclear talks, which were launched in Vienna last April, have been suspended since June (2021) amid repeated European efforts to urge the Iranian authorities to return to the negotiating table.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced more than once during the past few days that it would soon resume those talks, but it did not specify a clear date for that return.