Iran has come a long way in developing nuclear weapons. There is panic in the United States about this.
A top US official said on Tuesday that Washington was “quick to negotiate” with Tehran to stop Iran.
Saudi Arabia-based Arab News reports that Iran’s nuclear program is gaining ground in talks between the United States and Israel’s national security team. Israel, its arch-rival, has also announced plans to attack Tehran to stop Iran.
Six world powers, including the United States, Britain, Russia and China, signed an agreement with Tehran in 2015 to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
But Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal, calling it a “bad deal.” Not only has Trump done this, he has imposed massive economic sanctions on Iran, which has led to the collapse of the Iranian economy.
Last year, the United States killed Iran’s top general, Qasim Soleimani, in a drone strike. Following the assassination, Iran announced that it would no longer comply with any of the sanctions imposed on the 2015 nuclear deal.
Then the international media reported that Iran is building a nuclear reactor.
Recently, the head of Israel’s defense forces, Benny Gantz, said that Iran was only two months away from building a nuclear weapon. The UN nuclear watchdog has also recently released alarming reports on Iran’s nuclear weapons.
The United States is currently trying to bring Iran back into the nuclear deal. To this end, it has held at least six meetings with Iran in Vienna, the capital of Austria, since last May. But the talks were not fruitful.
A top Biden administration official said on Tuesday that talks with Iran were still open. Iran is sending signals to some parties that they also want to return to talks. It remains to be seen whether they will be included in the discussion at all.
Saudi allies, including Israel, Iran’s arch-rival, believe the talks will not deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons. However, the United States believes that diplomacy is the best way to stop Iran.