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Blinken dismisses Republican calls to cease nuclear talks due to Hamas rockets

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NEW YORK — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday dismissed calls by Republicans for the Biden administration to walk out of its talks in Vienna aimed at returning to the Iran nuclear deal because of Tehran’s funding of Hamas rockets.

“I don’t have anything to offer on whether or not there is Iranian involvement in what is taking place [in Gaza]… But when it comes to any of the malign activities that Iran may or may not engage in… that only underscores the importance that we do everything we can to ensure that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon,” Blinken said, arguing in favor of the ongoing indirect negotiations with Tehran to bring both sides into compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“An Iran with a nuclear weapon or the capacity to have one on very short order is an Iran that is even more likely to act with even greater impunity when it comes to these other actions,” he said, referring to Iran’s malign activity in the region.

“So the talks go on in Vienna to see if we can return to mutual compliance with the JCPOA, and those will continue,” Blinken added.

In this handout provided by the EU Delegation in Vienna,........

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