টার Reuters file photo: Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters ahead of a Board of Governors meeting in Vienna, Austria. Router / Lizzie Nisner
Written by Arshad Mohammed, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi
WASHINGTON / PARIS (Reuters) – US, Israeli and EU officials on Wednesday took a hard line on Iran, with US officials saying they would consider all options if Tehran failed to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and Israel said it reserved its right to work. .
Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi has so far refused to resume indirect talks with the United States in Vienna, with both sides returning to complying with an agreement under which Iran has suspended its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions.
“We will look at every option to address the challenge posed by Iran,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a joint news conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Yar Lapid and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.
“If the Iranians do not believe that the world is serious about stopping them, they will bomb. Israel has the right to act in any way at any time,” Lapid said. Israel has previously bombed nuclear facilities in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. officials stressed that it is still Washington’s choice for the United States, which abandoned the nuclear deal in 2018 during the Trump administration, and Iran, which began violating its nuclear limits about a year later, to resume compliance.
Iran signed agreements with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States in 2015. The last round of Vienna talks took place in June, and Iran has not set a new date, let alone resume “soon.”
Iran has long denied ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons.
EU to visit Tehran
Enrique Mora, the European Union’s co-ordinator on Iran, is planning a visit to Tehran on Thursday.
“The nuclear situation is getting worse and worse,” he said, pointing to Iran’s potential for a higher nuclear purity of uranium, a possible path to a nuclear bomb.
The diplomat added, “So this is not ‘business as usual’ from our E3 perspective, but an inspection in the context of the deep crisis (the) in the JCPOA.”
Although officials have made similar past statements, the comments together suggest a stronger rhetorical stance on Tehran if it refuses to comply with the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Earlier, US Special Envoy to Iran Rob Malley said Washington was ready to consider “all options” if Iran did not agree to return to the 2015 deal, which was negotiated under then-President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden, who is now in the United States. President.
The phrase “all options” is usually intended to include the possibility of military action – albeit remote -. ‘
Mali also said he would soon travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to coordinate with Gulf allies.
“We will be prepared to adapt to a different reality where we will have to deal with all options to deal with Iran’s nuclear program if it is not ready to return to sanctions,” he said in a virtual appearance at a think tank in Washington.
“Iran has the potential to take a different path and we need to coordinate with Israel and other partners in the region. I will be traveling to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in just a few days to talk about the effort to come. (JCPOA) And if we do not achieve that goal, then what options do we have to control Iran’s nuclear program, “said Mali.
He said the two sides had made progress on reviving the agreement in the first six rounds of indirect talks in Vienna but suggested the new Iranian government could take a different stance.