Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reiterated that “if Iran returns to compliance with its obligations under the nuclear agreement, we would do the same thing, and then we would work with our allies and partners to try to build a longer and stronger agreement, and also bring in some of these other issues, like Iran’s missile program, like its destabilising actions in the region that need to be addressed as well”. “The problem we face now”, Blinken added, “is that in recent months Iran has lifted one restraint after another… and the result is they are closer than they’ve been to having the capacity on short order to produce fissile material for a nuclear weapon. The agreement had pushed that past a year. According to public reports now, it’s down to three or four months and heading in the wrong direction”.
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