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State Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland highlighted numerous benefits Iran would see if it accepted President Biden’s nuclear deal, but admitted that Iranian officials “did not choose to go that route”.

“The deal is on the table if the Iranians want it,” Nuland said at the Aspen Security Forum.

“It would bring their oil back to the market, it would give them some relief from some of the sanctions that have come in. But, so far, they have not chosen to go that route.

“The Iranian people pay the price as their prices rise and inflation rises,” Nuland added. “If (the supreme leader) doesn’t accept the deal, we will have to increase the pressure, of course.”

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State Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Ukraine on March 8, 2022, in Washington, DC
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British spy chief Richard Moore on Thursday said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known informally as the Iran Nuclear Deal, remains the “best means still available” to curb Iran, but said he was “skeptical” about it. fact that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei would actually agree.

“I’m not convinced we’re going to get there,” Moore told the forum. “It might be a bit academic to have that discussion because I don’t think Iran’s supreme leader wants to strike a deal. So the Iranians won’t want to end the talks either. So they might run for a while.”

Moore said even if the deal were to come true, there would still be “a lot of work to be done” because Iran continues to work for “destabilizing activities in our region”.

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“What they are doing in Iraq, Syria, even Yemen by sponsoring the Houthis,” Moore said. “They are still murdering or trying to trap dissidents abroad as well, so there is a lot to do.”

Nuland did not fully admit that Iran would withdraw from the deal, pointing out instead that Iranian officials “haven’t thrown it on the table yet.”

“They haven’t walked away when they could have done in these many months where the deal was ready and sitting there. So, you know, let’s see what happens,” he said.

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CIA Director William Burns, speaking Wednesday at the Aspen Security Forum, noted that, under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), “which the last administration withdrew several years ago, that period of disruption to produce that amount of fissile material was a little over a year “.

Friday said that “the same breakout time can be measured not in an extra year, but in weeks”.

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