Secretary of State Antony Blinken asserted that cooperation between the U.S. and Israel “allows us to collaborate in countering a range of regional threats, none graver than those posed by Iran. The Iranian regime routinely threatens to wipe Israel off the map and continues to provide weapons to terrorists and proxies like Hizbollah and Hamas that remain motivated, like Iran, by the rejection of Israel’s right to exist”. He further noted that “the regime’s actions [in response to anti-government protests] have only deepened our conviction that Iran must never be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon… The best way to ensure this is through diplomacy”. “Should the Iranian regime reject that path”, Blinken warned, “its leaders should make no mistake that all options are on the table to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon”.
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