9 May 2024

A senior advisor to Iran’s supreme leader asserted that "we have no decision to build a nuclear bomb but should Iran’s existence be threatened, there will be no choice but to change our military doctrine”. A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson described the remarks as “irresponsible”, adding: “The U.S. will ensure one way or another that Iran will never have a nuclear weapon. We continue to use a variety of… tools in pursuit of that goal and all options remain on the table. Ultimately, we believe that diplomacy is the best way to achieve a sustainable, effective solution, but given their escalation across the board – including their failure to cooperate with the IAEA – we are far away from anything like that right now”.

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