Thursday, 14 October 2021 03:21

US, EU, Israel take tough stance on Iran, mull options

US, Israeli and EU officials took a tough line toward Iran on Wednesday (13 October), with US officials saying they would consider all options if Tehran failed to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and Israel saying it reserved the right to act.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has so far refused to resume indirect talks with the United States in Vienna on both sides returning to compliance with the deal, under which Iran curbed its nuclear program in return for economic sanctions relief.

Iran new president backs nuclear talks but berates US

Iran’s new ultraconservative president voiced support Tuesday (21 September) in his international debut for reviving a nuclear accord even as he berated the United States, hailing what he described as its failures.

“We will look at every option to deal with the challenge posed by Iran,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a joint news conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed.

At the center of my visit here is the concern about Iran’s race to a nuclear capability. Iran is becoming a nuclear threshold country. Every day that passes, every delay in the negotiations, brings Iran closer to a nuclear bomb.

— יאיר לפיד – Yair Lapid