According to one official, the Biden administration is preparing for a nuclear-capable Iran.
This revelation comes from Robert Malley, the Biden administration’s special envoy for Iran. Malley recently participated in a virtual discussion, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, that focused on the future U.S.-Iran relations.
There, at one point, Malley said, “we have to prepare for a world … where Iran doesn’t have constraints on its nuclear program.”
“And,” Malley added, “we have to consider options to deal with that — which is what we’re doing — even as we hope that we can get back to the deal that is by far our preference.”
What Malley is referring to here is former President Barrack Obama’s Iranian Nuclear Deal, which Malley, under Obama, helped to negotiate.
Former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from that deal and, instead, replaced it with crippling economic sanctions on Iran. The Biden administration, since it took over, has been working to get both Iran and the United State back into the deal, but Iran has been refusing to comply.
Iran has insisted that it will not even discuss, with the Biden administration, entering back into the deal until President Joe Biden removes all of Trump’s economic sanctions. And, Iran hasn’t discussed the matter with the U.S., despite the fact that the Biden administration has signaled a willingness to remove those sanctions.
And, while this back and forth has been going on, Iran has been inching closer and closer toward nuclear weapons.
About a month ago, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned the world that Iran is closing in on its first nuclear weapon.
“Iran’s nuclear weapon program is at a critical point,” Bennet said. “Uranium to the level of 60%, which is only one step short of weapons-grade material.”
Just this week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that this is indeed the case, saying, “Iran has been using this time to advance its nuclear program in a variety of ways, including enriching uranium to 20% and even 60%, using more advanced centrifuges, acquiring more knowledge.”
So, this is what Malley was referring to, namely, the possibility that Iran may become nuclear-capable before the Biden administration could get the country back into Obama’s nuclear deal. Blinken did say that the Biden administration is “prepared to turn to other options if Iran doesn’t change course,” but, he didn’t specify what those other options might entail.