On Friday, at a press conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Joe Biden warned that Washington and Tel Aviv would be “ready to turn to other options” if “diplomacy” aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon were to fail. Tehran has long maintained that it has no plans to pursue nuclear arms.
Joe Biden’s remarks on the possibility of “other options” against Iran if talks fail constitute an “illegal threat,” and Tehran reserves the right to reciprocate as necessary, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s powerful Supreme National Security Council, has indicated.
The senior security official did not specify what these “available options” were, but Iran has warned on past occasions that its conventional missile and air defence capabilities serve as a deterrent to any potential aggression against the Middle Eastern nation by foreign powers.
Bennett went on to accuse Iran of being the “world’s number one exporter of terror, instability and human rights violations,” and suggested that if the country obtained a nuclear weapon, it would be a “nightmare for the entire world.”
Israel has spent years alleging that Iran is on the brink of reaching nuclear weapons capability, with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning the US and the international community for more than a decade that Tehran was either just “weeks” or “months” away from a nuke. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly denied…