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USA: 'Israel reserves the right to act at any given moment, in any way' against Iran - Israeli FM Lapid03:16

USA: 'Israel reserves the right to act at any given moment, in any way' against Iran - Israeli FM Lapid

United States, Washington DC
October 13, 2021 at 19:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Israel reserves the right to act 'at any given moment, in any way' against Iran during a press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed in Washington DC, on Wednesday.

"If a terror regime is going to acquire a nuclear weapon, we must act. We must make clear that the civilised world won't allow it. If the Iranians don't believe the world is serious about stopping them, they'll race to the bomb. Israel reserves the right to act at any given moment, in any way. That is not only our right, it is also our responsibility. Iran has publicly stated it wants to wipe us out," said Lapid.

Asked if a military option was on the table in acting against Iran, Blinken said "Israel has the right to defend itself and we strongly support that proposition."

"We believe a diplomatic solution to our concerns with Iran, concerns that are shared among the three of us and among many countries around the world including our European Partners, including Russia and China, that a diplomatic path is both the best and most effective way to do that," he added. "We would like to see a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA, but Iran's responses - or rather lack thereof - have not been encouraging."

The comments come as talks over the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have been stalled between the administrations of US President Joe Biden and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 deal shortly after taking office, as he reimposed sanctions on Iran.

Enrique Mora, the European Union's JCPOA envoy is set to visit Tehran on Thursday in hopes of reviving the talks.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Israel reserves the right to act 'at any given moment, in any way' against Iran during a press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed in Washington DC, on Wednesday.

"If a terror regime is going to acquire a nuclear weapon, we must act. We must make clear that the civilised world won't allow it. If the Iranians don't believe the world is serious about stopping them, they'll race to the bomb. Israel reserves the right to act at any given moment, in any way. That is not only our right, it is also our responsibility. Iran has publicly stated it wants to wipe us out," said Lapid.

Asked if a military option was on the table in acting against Iran, Blinken said "Israel has the right to defend itself and we strongly support that proposition."

"We believe a diplomatic solution to our concerns with Iran, concerns that are shared among the three of us and among many countries around the world including our European Partners, including Russia and China, that a diplomatic path is both the best and most effective way to do that," he added. "We would like to see a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA, but Iran's responses - or rather lack thereof - have not been encouraging."

The comments come as talks over the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have been stalled between the administrations of US President Joe Biden and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 deal shortly after taking office, as he reimposed sanctions on Iran.

Enrique Mora, the European Union's JCPOA envoy is set to visit Tehran on Thursday in hopes of reviving the talks.