During a joint press conference on Wednesday with spoke to his American and Emirati counterparts, the Israeli minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid of “other options” — understood to include military action — should diplomacy fail for Iran’s nuclear power in to limit program.
“Other options will be on the table if diplomacy fails,” said Lapid. “By saying otherwise options, I think everyone here understands, in Israel, in the Emirates, and in Tehran, what do we mean by that.”
lapid added in Hebrew that his three-day trip to Washington centered around ‘the other’ options”but repeated die don’t rule” in his English commentary.
Using the same “other” optionsphrase, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also hinted at the possibility of military action against Iran If Tehran Doesn’t Return To 2015 Nuclear Deal Announced also as the joint comprehensive plan of Action (JCPOA).
“We continue to look at each option To hang out with the challenge that is stated by Iran. We believe that diplomacy is the best way to do that, but it takes two to participate in diplomacy,” said Blinken.
“We are united in the statement that Iran should not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Blinken added, noting that Iran has already had nine months since Biden’s election to show his commitment.
“With every day die passes, and Iran’s refusal to participate… in good believe, the runway is getting short,” Blinken said. “Time is running out. We are getting closer to a point where we return to compliance with the JCPOA will not in and of reclaim the benefits yourself of the JCPOA.
“We are ready to turn to others options unless Iran changes course,” he warned.
The US has not yet publicly accepted the alternative options to the JCPOA in detail, insisting that it is still the diplomatic path to block Iran’s nuclear ambitions. President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in august that if die attempt failed, US will be willing to consider others options.
lapid said: in his prepared remarks to the begin of the press conference that “Israel reserves the right to act at any time, in each way. That’s not only our right, it’s also also our responsibility.”
He addedIran: ‘Iran has publicly stated that it wants to erase’ us out. We have no intention of make that happen.”
September 21, the day Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called for US sanctions on Iran in In his address to the UN, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Tehran would return to talks in weeks.
The 2015 deal eased sanctions against Iran in yield for narrow controls on are nuclear program. In 2018, then-US President Donald Trump withdrew from the multilateral agreement and began imposing sanctions again.
In the meantime, Iran has openly infringed on a number of terms of the agreement, including enrichment up to higher than permitted levels, stockpiling more enriched uranium, the introduction of advanced centrifuges, and moving forward on other processes with bomb making applications.
The American Negotiator on Iran, Rob Malley, said Wednesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International peace: “We feel” like coming back would still the best result, but we are realistic.
“We know that there is at least one good possibility that Iran will choose another path, and we need coordinate with Israel and with our other partners in the region,” he said.
After participating in the conversations with Israel and the UAE, Malley said he would? head in to the UAE, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the coming days.
Lapid addressed the Palestinian issue also, John F. Kennedy citing that “everything” people have the right to a decent way of life.”
“This includes of of course the Palestinians,” he said. “U.S goal is to work with the Palestinian Authority to ensure that every child die gets a chance.”
On the Palestinian issue, Blinken promised to “deepen our diplomatic ties”.
“As I said in May,” he continued, “we will… moving forward with the process of opening a consulate as part of die deepen ties with the Palestinians.”
shine also stressed that the Biden administration is “committed to moving forward” building on efforts of the last administration to expand the circle of countries with normalized relationships with Israel in the next few years.”
He announced two new working groups in which the US, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will participate in: one on religious coexistence and the other on water and energy.
The minister UAE Foreign Office Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said his country was “extremely impressed” with our growing relationship with Israel.”
Bin Zayed announced that he would visit Israel”soon.”
“Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair was kind enough to invite me to visit Israel and I am going to visit” soon meet a friend and also a partner,” he says.
Bin Zayed also referred to the Palestinians and said that the Abraham Accords help Israel and the UAE “become” more Bright with each other, but also to encourage the others when there is more to do.”
He referred to Israel’s arch-enemy Hezbollah during its remarks on the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.
“We Must Love” in remember we don’t end up with a situation where we have another Hezbollah die threatens the borders of Saudi Arabia,” Bin Zayed said. “And the Houthis have managed to develop their abilities over the law few years in An way die much faster than the trajectory of Hezbollah is developing its capabilities.”
“We Must Make” sure we have enough partners and enough international understand that we don’t have another situation in have south lebanon in Yemen,” he emphasized.
On Tuesday, Lapid met with Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Israel’s top diplomat will meet with AIPAC leaders Thursday before flying back home.
Time of Israeli staff and agencies contributed to this report.
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