Meeting with Israeli premier Naftali Bennett, President Biden remarked that the two would “discuss the threat from Iran and our commitment to ensure Iran never develops a nuclear weapon… We’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes us. But if diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options”. Bennett stated that he was “happy to hear your clear words that Iran will never be able to acquire a nuclear weapon and that you emphasised that you’ll try the diplomatic route, but there’s other options if that doesn’t work out… If a radical Islamic regime acquired a nuclear weapon, that marriage would be a nuclear nightmare for the entire world”. Bennett added: “We’ve developed a comprehensive strategy that we’re going to be talking about with two goals: The first is to stop Iran on its regional aggression and start rolling it back into the box; and the second is to permanently keep Iran away from ever being able to break out their nuclear weapon”. A senior Iranian official subsequently asserted that “the emphasis on using ‘other options’ against Iran, while being an illegal threat to another country, establishes the Islamic Republic of Iran’s right to reciprocal response to available options”.
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