US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said reviving the accord “would be the best result for America’s security”, but that if diplomacy fails, “US and allies are looking at other steps, other options”.
There are only “a few weeks left” to save the Iran nuclear deal, and the United States is ready to look at “other options” if negotiations fail.
“We have, I think, a few weeks left to see if we can get back to mutual compliance,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with US public radio station NPR on Thursday.
Tehran has made nuclear advances that “will become increasingly hard to reverse” as the country continues to increase its know-how, “a result of having broken out of their constraints under the agreement,” he said.
“Iran is getting closer and closer to the point where they could produce on very, very short order enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon,” he added.
While accepting that resuscitating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the primary priority, Blinken also pointed toward alternative options for the US.