Before resuming nuclear talks with Iran at the end of November, the United States continues to rely on a diplomatic solution to the conflict, but it also threatens Tehran with other measures. “The United States is committed to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday at the Manama Dialogue security conference in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
His government is committed to a diplomatic solution. “But if Iran is not willing to engage seriously, let’s look at all the options necessary to keep the United States safe,” Austin said. Tehran’s behavior in the past few months has not been encouraging.
It is scheduled to continue talks on the nuclear agreement on November 29 in Vienna after a hiatus of several months. The agreement, to which China and Russia also belong, aims to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons without preventing it from using nuclear energy for civilian purposes. It has in fact been suspended since the United States withdrew in 2018 and imposed new sanctions on the Iranian economy.
Iran announced in early November that it would continue to expand its nuclear program. According to the Iranian Nuclear Organization, Iran has so far produced more than 210 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium and 25 kilograms of 60 percent enriched uranium. According to the Vienna Nuclear Agreement, Iran is only allowed to enrich uranium to less than four percent.
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