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US to Weigh All Options if Iran Will Not Resume Nuclear Deal

US to Weigh All Options if Iran Will Not Resume Nuclear Deal

Wednesday, 13 October, 2021 - 17:00
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. (Reuters)

The United States is ready to consider all options if Iran were not willing to return to the constraints of the 2015 nuclear deal, US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley said on Wednesday.


“We will be prepared to adjust to a different reality in which we have to deal with all options to address Iran’s nuclear program if it’s not prepared to come back into the constraints” of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six major powers, he said in a virtual appearance at a Washington think tank.


In rare public remarks, Malley adopted a more coercive rhetorical stance toward Tehran if it were unwilling to resume compliance with the deal, under which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment program - which is a possible pathway to fissile material for a weapon - in return for sanctions relief.


Among other things, Malley said the United States and Israel, which has previously struck both Iraqi and Syrian nuclear sites, are united in their opposition to Iran developing a nuclear weapon, and he spoke of enforcing US sanctions designed to prevent Iran from selling its oil abroad.


“There is every possibility that Iran will choose a different path, and we need to coordinate with Israel and other partners in the region,” Malley said.


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