The United States and Israel have warned that they are exploring a “plan B” for dealing with Iran if Tehran does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal. With talks to revive the deal at a standstill, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Wednesday that the window for the Islamic Republic to return to the agreement is closing. “Time is running short,” he said at a joint press conference with the Israeli foreign minister, Yair Lapid. “We are prepared to turn to other options if Iran doesn’t change course, and these consultations with our allies and partners are part of it.”
“We will look at every option to deal with the challenge posed by Iran,” Blinken said. “And we continue to believe that diplomacy is the most effective way to do that. But, it takes two to engage in diplomacy, and we have not seen from Iran a willingness to do that at this point.” He did not elaborate, but Lapid, without being contradicted, said of Blinken’s comments: “If a terror regime is going to acquire a nuclear weapon, we must act. We must make clear the civilized world won’t allow it.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the US special envoy, Robert Malley, said that Iran is sending daily signals that it may already have reject a return to talks, requiring the US and European powers to consider all other options.
Source : the Guardian