President Biden remarked that the prospects for reviving the JCPOA would “depend on their actions and the willingness of our friends… to stick with us and make sure there’s a price to pay economically for them [ie, the Iranians] if they fail to come back”. He also said with respect to Iranian “actions… against the interests of the U.S.” that “we’re going to respond, and we’re going to continue to respond”. In related comments the same day, Secretary of State Antony Blinken underscored that “diplomacy is the best path forward… But we were also looking at, as necessary, other options if Iran is not prepared to engage quickly in good faith”. Asked about Iran-linked attacks against the U.S., Blinken asserted: “The president is very much prepared to take whatever action is appropriate at a time and place of our choosing, by whatever means are appropriate, to prevent and stop Iran… or its proxies in engaging in these activities”.
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