In one of the most serious understatements of 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the U.S. and other nations had suspended talks with Iran about returning to a nuclear deal because the regime did not seem “serious” about negotiations.
“What we’ve seen in the last couple of days is that Iran right now does not seem to be serious about doing what’s necessary to return to compliance, which is why we ended this round of talks in Vienna,” Blinken told Reuters.
The global terror threat Iran, “not serious” about complying with the West regarding the nuclear weapons it craves to change the balance of world power? You don’t say!
The secretary of state said the U.S. would now consult with its allies, including Israel, on how best to move forward. “And we will see if Iran has any interest in engaging seriously, but the window is very, very tight.”
Now THERE’s a threat that should cow Iran into compliance!
President Donald Trump, of course, withdrew from the deal in May 2018 and began re-imposing sanctions on Iran. In 2020, Biden campaigned on restoring the Iran deal, and indicated that the U.S. was eager to negotiate with the regime’s representatives in Vienna. Meanwhile, Iran continued to accelerate its nuclear enrichment; experts now believe it is near the capability to produce weapons-grade nuclear material.
The feckless, unintimidating Biden administration insists that it prefers to use diplomacy rather than the threat of force. Good luck with that strategy.