Blinken and Lapid discussed options for Iran not previously on table — official

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Blinken and Lapid discussed options for Iran not previously on table — official
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By Jacob Magid
14 October 2021

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed courses of action regarding Iran’s nuclear program that had not been on the table before, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said Wednesday. The official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, did not say what options were newly discussed, but speculation has swirled around Israel seeking US backing for the possible use of military force.

“There were closed-door talks during the visit about what happens if there is no agreement [for Iran to return to the 2015 nuclear deal], and indeed, options that were not on the table until now were discussed,” the senior official said. Lapid wrapped up a two-day trip to Washington on Wednesday, with talks largely focused on Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel opposes US efforts to rejoin 2015’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which traded international sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program. Former US president Donald Trump vacated the agreement in 2018, three years after it was signed by his predecessor Barack Obama.

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