A senior State Department official told reporters on Monday that Iran was on track to have enough materials to build a nuclear weapon. Washington Free Beacon.
This comes as the Biden administration has made little progress in its efforts to negotiate with Iran to re-sign the 2015 nuclear deal. The Wall Street Journal reported.
Iran doesn’t even want to negotiate directly with the US. Instead, the negotiations were held indirectly in Vienna, Al Jazeera reported.
In 2018, then-President Donald Trump pulled out of the Obama-era nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and introduced harsh sanctions on Iran. Tehran has responded to this move by continuously enriching uranium to make nuclear weapons, Arabic News reported.
“I think we have a few more weeks to see if we can get back to mutual compliance,” Blinken said on Jan.
“We are very, very short on time,” he said, because “Iran is getting closer and closer to the point where it can produce to order very, very short, enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. person,” he said.
This week, the US State Department reiterated that time is running out.
After 10 months of negotiations, a senior ministry official said the administration would stop diplomacy whether or not Iran implements the nuclear deal, the Free Beacon reported.
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“We’re in the final stages because, as we’ve said now, this cannot go on forever because of Iran’s nuclear advances,” the official said.
“This is not a prediction,” the official said. “It is not a threat. It is not an artificial deadline. It was just a request that we conveyed indirectly to Iran and all [international] partners for a while, that’s with the pace of Iran’s progress, its nuclear progress, we’re only a few weeks away from reaching an agreement, after that point, unfortunately won’t be able to go back. come back [deal] and to recoup the uncommon benefits the agreement has provided us. “
This lack of progress is not surprising because Iran has stretched its legs in the negotiations for months. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned Parliament about this last month.
“This negotiation is urgent and progress is not fast enough. We continue to work closely with our allies, but the negotiations are reaching a dangerous impasse,” Truss told lawmakers on Jan. Iran International.
But this is a direct violation of President Joe Biden’s assurances to Americans that his administration will prevent Iran from proliferating a nuclear weapon.
Biden confirmed his stance when he met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last summer.
President told reporters 27 that they will “discuss the threat posed by Iran and our commitment to ensuring Iran never develops a nuclear weapon. And – but we’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes us. But if diplomacy fails, we are ready to turn to other options.”
In one statement After the meeting, the White House said, “The President has made clear his commitment to ensuring Iran never develops a nuclear weapon. The leaders considered steps to deter and deter Iran’s dangerous behavior in the region. They reiterate their commitment to work constructively and cooperate more deeply to address all aspects of Israel’s security against Iran and other threats.
The whole point of the JCPOA is to conclude an agreement with Iran under which it will only produce low-enriched uranium for nuclear power, not weapon. The US will lift sanctions if Iran agrees to this, according to Foreign Policy.
But now Iran appears to be enriching uranium for nuclear weapons. In doing so, Iran is forcing the Biden administration to take action diplomatically. One way or another, the administration will have to end diplomacy with Iran because of this.
Blinken said that even if the JCPOA is renegotiated and both countries agree, it “will become increasingly difficult to reverse because they are learning a lot of things, they are doing new things by going beyond that.” their obligations under the agreement,” Al Jazeera reported.
Essentially, Iran has now tied the hands of the Biden administration. At this point, re-enacting the JCPOA won’t do much to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and no deal has the same outcome.
The decision rests with Iran as its diplomats have returned to Tehran for consultation.
If the country rejoins the JCPOA, US sanctions under Trump will be lifted and Iran will be flooded with cash, Free Beacon reported.
But if no agreement is reached, Iran could continue to enrich uranium, build nuclear weapons, and use it as leverage against the West.
Either way, it’s a win for Iran.
This is just another step in a foreign policy that continues to be messy under the Biden administration.
All in all, in just one year in power, tensions have grown with China, Russia is on the verge of invading Ukraine, the Taliban have recaptured Afghanistan after a massive US withdrawal, and now Iran is about to have a nuclear weapon.
As former National Security Adviser John Bolton said in an opinion piece on HillForeign policy during the early Bidens will be remembered by Americans as a disaster.
“Self-inflicted wounds, illusory policy goals, an underestimation of strategic strength, and an inability to face immediate threats have unfortunately characterized the Biden administration’s approach,” Bolton wrote. “.
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