iran: US again warns Iran of ‘different steps’ but says always prefers diplomacy – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The US pointman on Iran renewed warnings Monday of unspecified motion if the clerical state doesn’t reverse nuclear steps, but stated President Joe Biden‘s administration would always desire diplomacy.
Rob Malley stated after a weeklong journey that each European and Gulf Arab nations backed a peaceable answer on ending Iran’s nuclear program.
But he reiterated that the United States had “other options” — a warning made by Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this month alongside his counterpart from Israel, which has threatened to assault.
“We will continue to pursue diplomacy even as we pursue other steps if we face a world in which we need to do that,” Malley advised reporters.
He stated the Biden administration continued to imagine that “this can only be resolved diplomatically.”
“The window of diplomacy is never going to be closed,” he stated.
But on particularly renewing a 2015 nuclear deal, Malley stated, “The window for negotiations on a return to the JCPOA will not be open forever.”
“This is not a chronological clock; it’s a technological clock. At some point, the JCPOA will have been so eroded because Iran would have made advances that cannot be reversed,” he stated.
Iran was complying with a 2015 settlement reached with former president Barack Obama to scale down its nuclear work drastically — till his successor Donald Trump withdrew the United States and reimposed sweeping sanctions.
Biden took workplace providing a revival of the deal, but six rounds of oblique talks with Iran have stalemated as Tehran pushes for a extra widespread lifting of US sanctions past the measures issued by Trump.
“People sometimes criticize the US for talking about a Plan B. The Plan B that we’re seeing implemented before our eyes right now seems to be the Iranian one which is to delay talks and accelerate their nuclear program,” Malley stated.
“We hope they choose that other path,” he stated, which might “give greater economic opportunity to Iran and a greater sense of security both to the region and to the world.”

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