The United States Department of State is pausing on its rhetoric of an “imminent” status of an Iran Nuclear Deal. On Monday State Department spokesman Ned Price said “an agreement is neither imminent nor is it certain.”
The State Department has said negotiations have made progress, although many are disappointed the Biden administration has even considered entering back into an agreement with Iran after former President Donald Trump removed the United States from the deal.
“Since there have not been public updates on the details or progress, lawmakers on both sides as well as media commentators have been skeptical of how the deal is being negotiated and what it will include” writes the Foreign Desk.
Being discussed are sanctions, detainment of Western nationals, Iran’s support of Houthi terrorists, and a U.S. desire to lengthen Iran’s ‘breakout time,’ which is the time it would take to accumulate enough material to make a nuclear weapon.
The breakout time was about a year under the previous 2015 Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) limits, according to the State Department.
“JCPOA, the Obama-era nuclear deal between Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the U.S., which aimed to restrict the Iran regime’s weapons development program failed to do so the first time around” adds Foreign Desk.
Iran has never been compliant nor honest in its dealings or negotiations. Iran denies its builds, refuses inspections and “deviated from JCPOA restrictions since the last U.S. inspection for compliance under President Trump in 2017. The U.S. then withdrew from the agreement in 2018.”
Iran’s current breakout time is estimated to be as short as a few weeks. “We are prepared to make difficult decisions to return Iran’s nuclear program to its JCPOA limits,” Price said.
Reaching an agreement at this time would hinge on whether Iran was interested in voluntarily returning to compliance with JCPOA limits, the State Department said Tuesday.
“We want to see… that Iran is verifiably and permanently barred from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Price said, adding that President Biden remains committed to preventing Iran from going nuclear with or without a return to the original JPCOA agreement.
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Iran says they have nuclear capabilities, Israel tells Biden to use ‘credible military threat’
Head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said Iran is not only quite capable of a nuclear bomb, but also prepared to use it. According to a translation by Reuters, Kamal Kharazzi told Al Jazeera “Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build it.”
“In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium.” Kharrazi also said Tehran would not hesitate to “directly respond” to Israel if “our sensitive facilities were targeted.”
Israel “is in a phase of weakness, and President Joe Biden’s support for it will not bring it back to the fore,” Kharrazi added. As ongoing talks are currently taking place in order to reestablish the 2015 nuclear deal, there are challenges due to “mistrust” on both sides.
“Our missile program and our regional policies” are not up for negotiation, Kharazzi said, because doing so would mean the regime would effectively surrender itself.
At a joint press briefing with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem, Biden said “I continue to believe that diplomacy is the best way.” Prime Minister Lapid publicly disagreed with Biden and made the bold statement:
“Words will not stop them, Mr. President. Diplomacy will not stop them. The only thing that will stop Iran is knowing that if they continue to develop their nuclear program the free world will use force. The only way to stop them is to put a credible military threat on the table.”
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