‘Iran becoming a nuclear threshold state,’ Lapid tells Biden aide in Washington


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‘Iran becoming a nuclear threshold state,’ Lapid tells Biden aide in Washington
Foreign minister also stresses ‘need for alternative’ to JCPOA during meeting with Jake Sullivan, though US still says it hasn’t exhausted efforts to revive the accord
By Jacob Magid

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid told US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Tuesday that Iran is “becoming a nuclear threshold state.” The unusually stark wording was used by Lapid during a meeting with Jake Sullivan in Washington and was reiterated by the foreign minister in a later sit-down with a delegation of Congressional leaders headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The message built on the one delivered by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in his speech to the UN General Assembly last month, when Bennett warned that the Iranian nuclear program is at “a watershed moment.”

“The foreign minister shared with the national security advisor Israel’s concern about Iran’s race towards nuclear capability, and the fact that Iran is becoming a nuclear threshold state,” Lapid’s office said in a statement. His office added that Lapid raised with Sullivan “the need for an alternative plan” to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was brokered under former president Barack Obama in 2015 and vacated by Trump in 2018. The JCPOA trades international sanctions relief for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

The US has yet to publicly entertain alternative options to the JCPOA in detail, insisting that it is still pursuing the diplomatic path to blocking Iran’s nuclear ambitions. President Joe Biden told Bennett in August that if that effort fails, the US will be prepared to consider other options.

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Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
The "accord" never had any value other than to guarantee Iran would have the bomb at some date in the future.