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US Secretary of State: Options to prevent Iran from “nuclear” programs are open

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the US met on Sunday to discuss international measures to stop Iran’s nuclear program as well as boost Middle East security and stability.

On the margins of the G20 Leaders Summit in the Italian capital, Rome, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

In an interview with CBS, Blinken stated that the amount of time Iran needs to develop enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb is “dwindling.”

The State Department paraphrased Blinken as saying during the interview that “all options are on the table” when asked about the likelihood of military action in Iran.

“Unfortunately, Iran is pursuing its nuclear program vigorously,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken stated that US President Joe Biden “is ready to take whatever necessary action at the time and place we choose by any suitable methods to prevent Iran from engaging in such operations” in response to Iranian elements’ attack of a US base in Syria.

During the discussion, the US and Saudi ministers discussed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s strategic and historical links, as well as methods to deepen them in all areas of cooperation and joint coordination.

The two ministers addressed several regional and international problems of mutual concern, the most important of which is the Middle East’s security and stability, as well as efforts by the two friendly nations in the region and throughout the world to establish the foundations for peace.

They also addressed how to combat climate change and safeguard the environment in a way that promotes worldwide sustainable development. The two sides discussed the “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East” programs, both of which would help safeguard the environment and achieve international goals.

While the two sides addressed current events in the Republic of Sudan and the significance of bolstering collaborative action to support everything that contributes to the country’s security and stability.

They discussed the Iranian nuclear program and the international efforts being made in this area.

Prince Faisal bin Sattam bin Abdulaziz, Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the Republic of Italy, was present at the meeting.

Iran’s return to nuclear talks was contingent on Washington’s consent to “return to the point from which former US President Donald Trump departed,” i.e., to lift all sanctions imposed by the US following its departure from the accord in 2018.

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