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Blinken: Iran is close to nuclear weapons and options are open

On Sunday, the foreign ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States discussed international efforts towards Iran’s nuclear program, as well as enhancing security and stability in the Middle East.

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit held in the Italian capital, Rome.

On Sunday, Blinken said in an interview with CBS that the time Iran needs to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon is “decreasing.”

In a statement, the State Department quoted Blinken as indicating that “all options are on the table”, when answering a question during the interview regarding the possibility of military intervention in Iran.

“Unfortunately, Iran is aggressively pursuing its nuclear program,” the US Secretary of State added.

Regarding the Iranian factions’ targeting of a base with American forces in Syria, Blinken affirmed that US President Joe Biden “is ready to take any appropriate action at the time and place we choose by any appropriate means to prevent Iran or its proxies from engaging in such activities.”

During the meeting between the US and Saudi ministers, they reviewed the strategic and historical relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, and ways to strengthen them in all areas of cooperation and joint coordination.

Ben Farhan and Blinken

Ben Farhan and Blinken

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed many regional and international issues of common interest, foremost of which is strengthening security and stability in the Middle East, and efforts to lay the foundations for peace made by the two friendly countries in the region and the world.

They also discussed joint efforts to confront climate change and protect the environment in a way that enhances sustainable development internationally. The two sides reviewed the “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East” initiatives, which will contribute to protecting the planet and achieving international goals in this regard.

While the two sides discussed the recent developments in the Republic of Sudan, and the importance of strengthening joint action to support everything that achieves security and stability in brotherly Sudan, and they exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear program and the international efforts exerted in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Prince Faisal bin Sattam bin Abdulaziz, Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the Republic of Italy.

Following the interview, the US Secretary of State said: “I spoke today with the Saudi Foreign Minister about the situation in Lebanon and the need to immediately restore the transitional government with civilian leadership in Sudan.”

Blinken said earlier on Sunday that the United States was “in full agreement” with Britain, Germany and France on returning Iran to the nuclear deal, but added that it was unclear whether Tehran was ready to return to talks “in a meaningful way.”

Blinken’s comments came during an interview with “CNN”, today, Sunday.

In this context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today, Sunday, that Russia fully supports the return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear agreement (JCPOA) in the form in which the agreement was concluded without exceptions or additions.

The minister told reporters on the sidelines of the G20 summit in response to a question whether the intensification of contacts could lead to the parties returning to the implementation of the deal: “It seems that the intensification of contacts means that the parties want to reach an agreement. It can be restored only in the form approved by the UN Security Council.” In 2015, any additions and any withdrawals are unacceptable on the Iranian side and we fully support this approach.”

Iran conditioned its return to negotiating the nuclear agreement with Washington’s agreement to “return to the point from which it withdrew” former US President Donald Trump, that is, to cancel all subsequent sanctions imposed by America after its withdrawal from the agreement in 2018.

One way back

Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian said in a press interview today: “We are discussing how to negotiate and resume it,” stressing: “There is one simple way to return to negotiations, and that is agreeing to return to the point from which Trump withdrew.”

On the impact of the nuclear negotiations on Iran’s regional relations, the Iranian Foreign Minister said: “We have to wait and see what happens during the negotiations and whether the other parties have a serious will to continue negotiations,” stressing that “the negotiating table is a kind of conflict and diplomatic war, and it must be defended.” interests of the country,” he said.

In response to a question about what is the most difficult obstacle to resuming negotiations at the present time, Abdollahian replied: “I don’t see any obstacles inside, our problem is the kind of game that the Americans specifically want

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