US considers “all options” on returning Iran nuclear deal to seemingly tougher stance
The US special envoy for Iran said the US and Israel were united in opposing Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon.
Rob Malley, US special envoy to Iran, underscored Washington’s preference for both the US and Iran to resume compliance [Getty]
The United States is ready to consider “all options” if Iran does not want to revert to the 2015 nuclear deal, US special envoy for Iran Rob Malley said on Wednesday, which may reflect a position. harsher on the new government in Tehran.
In addition to using the phrase “all options,” which is generally meant to include the possibility – however remote – of military action, Malley also said that the United States and Israel were united in opposing it. ‘Iran developing a nuclear weapon.
Beyond the United States’ consultation with Israel, which has already struck nuclear sites in Iraq and Syria, Malley also said he would soon be visiting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to coordinate. with the Gulf allies of the United States.
“We will be ready to adapt to a different reality in which we have to face all options to address Iran’s nuclear program if it is not ready to return to the constraints” of the nuclear deal from Tehran of 2015 with six major powers, he said in a statement. virtual appearance in a Washington think tank.
Taken together, the comments suggested a more coercive rhetorical stance towards Tehran if it was unwilling to resume compliance with the deal, under which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment program – which is one way. possible to fissile material for a weapon – in return for penalty relief.
Malley pointed out that Washington still preferred the United States, which abandoned the nuclear deal in 2018 under the Trump administration, and Iran, which began violating its nuclear limits around a year later, to resume. both compliance.
Iran signed the agreement, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2015 with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
âIt is entirely possible that Iran will choose a different path, and we need to coordinate with Israel and other partners in the region. I will be visiting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in a few days to talk about the efforts ahead. back to (JCPOA) and what options we have to control Iran’s nuclear program if we can’t meet that goal, âsaid Malley.
He said the two sides made progress in their first six rounds of indirect talks in Vienna on relaunching the deal, but suggested that the new Iranian government of President Ebrahim Raisi, who took office in August, could take a different stance.
Raisi’s aides said Iran would return to Vienna “soon”, but without setting a date.
European Union coordinator on Iran, Enrique Mora, plans to hold talks in Tehran on Thursday, a visit which comes at a critical time in efforts to revive nuclear talks with world powers and cannot be seen as “business as usual” given the worsening nuclear power. situation on the ground, E3 diplomats said.
“We do not see this visit as ‘business as usual’, but rather as a crucial visit in the crisis,” British, German and French diplomats said in a note on Wednesday.