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Washington reportedly asks Oman to mediate nuclear deal with Iran

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq in Tehran, Iran, May 29, 2023. (Photo: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA via REUTERS)

The United States has reportedly asked the Sultanate of Oman for diplomatic assistance in potentially reviving complex nuclear talks with the Iranian regime, according to an Axios media report released on Tuesday.

The “U.S. is working with the Omanis on the Iranian issue,” an unnamed senior European official told Axios.

Following the collapse in nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers nine months ago, Washington previously indicated that a nuclear agreement with Tehran was no longer a U.S. priority.

However, the Biden administration’s ambition to find a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis may have allegedly motivated Washington to find alternative diplomatic channels.

U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley expressed Washington’s hope to defuse the Iranian nuclear crisis through diplomatic means.

“We hope that we can resolve this through diplomatic means, and we’re prepared to go down that path,” Malley said in an interview with National Public Radio.

The Islamic regime in Iran explicitly calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. Israel consequently views Iranian nuclear weapons as an existential threat.

The U.S. has reportedly dismissed Israel’s concerns about the White House seeking an interim agreement with Tehran which would enable the ayatollah regime to continue its uranium enrichment.

“There is no US discussion of an interim deal and no discussion of sanctions relief, or closing safeguards cases,” said a spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council.

Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi, who is visiting Washington this week for talks with senior Biden administration officials, predicted that there would be no new deal despite fresh diplomatic efforts.

“There won’t be a new deal because the Americans are insisting that it be improved – longer and stronger,” Hanegbi told Israeli Army Radio.

United Nations officials warned earlier this year that the Iranian regime’s increased enrichment was dangerously close to nuclear bomb capability.

U.S. President Joe Biden has vowed to prevent the ayatollah regime from acquiring nuclear weapons. While he has not ruled out a military solution, Biden clearly prefers a diplomatic solution.

Meanwhile, the Jewish state has repeatedly warned that it might potentially be forced to strike Iran if diplomacy fails to stop Iran’s race toward the nuclear bomb.

Last week, senior Defense Ministry officials said that Iran’s continued race toward nuclear weapons could potentially trigger an Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities.

“Iran has progressed in recent years with enriching uranium more than ever before. We are looking closely at the various arenas that are part of the path to nuclear capabilities. There are negative potential trends on the horizon that could lead to [us] acting. We have the capabilities,” IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi stated.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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