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In DC, Lapid says trip focused on ‘other options’ to stop Iran nuclear program

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13.10.2021

During a joint press conference Wednesday with his American and Emirati counterparts, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke of “other options” — understood to include military action — should diplomacy fail to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.

“Other options are going to be on the table if diplomacy fails,” Lapid said. “By saying other options, I think everyone understands, here, in Israel, in the Emirates, and in Tehran, what is it that we mean.”

Lapid added in Hebrew that his three-day trip to Washington centered around “the other options” but did not repeat that line in his English comments.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also hinted at the possibility of military action against Iran if Tehran does not return to the 2015 nuclear deal, known also as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“We will continue to look at every option to deal with the challenge that is posed by Iran. We believe that diplomacy is the best way to do that, but it takes two to engage in diplomacy,” he said.

“We’re united in the proposition that Iran cannot be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon,” Blinken added, while noting that Iran has already had nine months since Biden’s election to demonstrate its commitment.

“With every passing day, and Iran’s refusal to engage in good faith, the runway gets short,” Blinken said. “Time is running short. We are getting closer to a point at which returning to compliance with the JCPOA will not in and of itself recapture the benefits of the JCPOA.

“We are prepared to turn to other options if Iran doesn’t change course,” he........

© The Times of Israel


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