Washington, Dec 22 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday raised the possibility of returning to the nuclear deal with Iran but warned that he would seek other options to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
At a press conference to review the year, Blinken lamented that despite efforts by Washington and the European Union (EU) to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, “Iran doesn’t want to do what that deal required.” required to comply.
“Therefore, we will continue to look for ways and we will work to ensure that, one way or another, Iran does not become part of the family of nuclear states,” the leader of US diplomacy said.
Joe Biden’s government has failed this year to recover the 2015 deal with Iran, brokered by the European Union, that limited the Iranian nuclear program and that led to the Donald Trump administration (2017-2021) had gone away ,
Blinken defended those efforts because, in his opinion, that treaty “did exactly what it was designed to do” and that Trump’s decision to abandon it was “a grave mistake”.
“President Biden has guaranteed that Iran will not have nuclear weapons. We believe the most effective and sustainable way to achieve this is through diplomacy,” he explained.
Furthermore, he claimed that the nuclear talks have not been an obstacle for the United States to pressure Tehran on other issues.
In this regard, he referred to the sanctions imposed on the Persian country for the suppression of anti-government protests following the case of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody in September for not wearing the mandatory veil properly.
He also said that Washington is “focussed” on Russia’s use of Iranian drones to attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
After months of negotiations, the European Union submitted a final text last August to revive the accord, which was backed by the United States, but Iran rejected it in September and placed a condition that the UN Stop investigating the discovery of traces of uranium.