US officials stepped up their rhetoric against Iran Wednesday, warning that Washington will have to consider other “options” if attempts to revive the nuclear deal fail.
At a joint press conference with his Israeli and UAE counterparts in Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned “time is running out” for Iran to return to talks. “we are prepared to turn to other options if Iran doesn’t change course, and these consultations with our allies and partners are a part of that,” Blinken said.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made it clear that Blinken’s “other options” are a threat. “I would like to start by repeating what the Secretary of State just said. Yes, other options are going to be on the table if diplomacy fails. And by saying other options, I think everybody understands here, in Israel, in the Emirates, and in Tehran what is it that we mean,” he said.
Lapid said Israel “reserves the right to act at any given moment, in any way” against Iran. Just about every day, Israeli officials are threatening to attack Iran more than they already do through covert operations. By coordinating so closely with the Israelis on Iran, the Biden administration is not sending a good signal to Tehran.
Also on Wednesday, President special envoy for Iran Robert Malley also signaled that the US was making other preparations. “We will be prepared to adjust to a different reality in which we have to deal with all options to address Iran’s nuclear program if it’s not prepared to come back into the constraints of 2016,” he said, referring to the year the JCPOA was first implemented.
President Biden first said the US would consider “other options” if diplomacy with Iran failed at the end of August, which Iran took as a threat. Now the talking point is spreading through his administration.
Negotiations to revive the JCPOA have been stalled since June 20th. The new Iranian government of President Ebrahim Raisi has said it’s ready to return to the table but has not set a date. Iran was hoping for a sign of good faith from the Biden administration through the release of frozen funds. But instead, the US maintains virtually all Trump-era sanctions and US officials are ramping up their rhetoric.
18 thoughts on “US Steps Up Rhetoric Against Iran, Weighing ‘All Options’ If Talks Fail”
What low-grade stuff. It’s embarrassing, our goon talking gorilla Sec. of State. The Mafia could run a smoother foreign diplomacy. And this is for public consumption, the private doubtless liberally larded with MF-ing graphic blood & gore.
in other words when uncle sam blows the sh*t out of iran it will be iran’s fault.
“look what you made me do!”
The deal is signed.
Iran is in compliance from day one
Obama doesn’t end sanctions as promised.
Trump drops out of the deal and implements “maximum pressure”.
Biden says he will reenter deal.
It’s Iran’s fault.
The last ones…
Getting bombed back.
Body bags coming back.
The US is not going to start WWIII over Iran, no matter what the bosses in J’salem say.
Ahhh, the parsimonious truth.
Believe me, I wish that were true. The US seems to be working overtime to start WWIII.
Behind the scenes the US is making it clear they’re not going to do Israel’s dirty work and ignore (what the perceive) as the real threat to Us hegemony: the PRC
This is precious!
Just last week Israel said that Iran is NOWHERE NEAR ability to produce atomic weapon, but if they do — Israel will act in its own if it must,
I thought Israel gave up on US, and to avoid being caught way out there on a fragile limb, decided to walk back on “grave threat”.
But it seems that Israel’s supporters here have become alarmed. And Biden got a message. Suddenly, it is helpless UAE being trotted out, to be a beachhead for threats!
Yes, UAE is only thirty miles or so from Iran in Straits of Hormuz. But UAE is not a power , It is barely a country made of several emirates. Dubai a flashy place, Abu Dhabi has the money.
It is a playground for Asian money laundering , and in COVID stricken world — it has suffered financially. Thus — accords.
This shows just how ISOLATED Israel and US are in the region. There is not a single country now supporting anti-Iranian cause, None. Zero,
Iran is not in a hurry. US needs to rectify the accumulated baggage of sanctions for Iran to join.
So, what happened in a matter of days — from Iran is nowhere near bomb, to Iran an imminent threat.
It appears that it is Biden’s administration that literally does not know what to do,
Try reading this:
Have a barf bag handy.
I didn’t barf, but only because I haven’t eaten yet today.
I couldn’t finish. I used two barf bags. One to cover my face and the other to cover the laptop just in case.
“Surrender or die.”
That has NEVER worked, and won’t this time either.
Do these guys not know that? Of course they know. They want the war. It would serve many purposes, least of them anything about Iran’s nukes.
It would be great cover for more ethnic cleansing. It would be great cover to hide Saudi crimes. It would pump up the most expensive defense contracts for the most sophisticated weapons. It would knock out Iran as a rival, like similar attacks knocked out Syria and Libya.
Nukes? We don’t need no stinkin nukes.
I assume they are talking about “minding our own business” as the option in question here, right? Certainly, they would not be so obviously criminal as to consider unprovoked, offensive war, illegal by all international law, so cavalierly as an “option” like their tie choice for the day, right?
“Time is running out.” “US Weighing ‘All Options.’” How long does it take for the US to weigh all options? Let’s see: kill Iranians, bomb Iran, bomb and destroy Iran, nuke Iran, destroy Iran then nuke them… How about peace? How about simply returning to the 2015 Iran deal? Exceptional blood thirsty “US diplomat”: “That’s not an option.”
The same refrain for years. All the USA has to do is reverse the illegal sanctions.
Russia and China will never allow any attack on Iran..period. Iran is a red line for both. Israel is a paper tiger, in a real war these serial posers for apartheid would be crushed, and any Samson option would see Israel became a crater. Who cares about Israel..there are some fine people there who are in grave danger because of their government and military.
Any excuse will do for a bully looking to start a fight.
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