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Iran says Biden illegally threatened Tehran — media

A senior Iranian security official has accused U.S. President Joe Biden of illegally threatening Iran after he said he might “consider other options” if nuclear diplomacy with Tehran fails. This was reported by Reuters.

“The emphasis on using 'other options' against (Iran) amounts to an illegal threat to another country and establishes Iran's right to reciprocate against 'available options,'” said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

Biden earlier told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in White House talks Friday that he is putting “diplomacy first” to try to curb Iran's nuclear program, but if the talks fail, he would be prepared to turn to “other”, unnamed options.

The U.N. atomic energy watchdog, the IAEA, said in a report that Iran accelerated uranium enrichment to near weapons-grade levels this month, adding to tensions with the West as both sides seek to reopen negotiations to reopen Tehran's nuclear deal.

Indirect U.S.-Iranian talks in Vienna have been on hold since the last round ended June 20.

On Saturday, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei drew a parallel between the Biden administration's approach to the nuclear agreement and that of former President Donald Trump, who abandoned the deal in 2018 and reimpose sanctions on Iran.

“The current U.S. administration is no different from the previous administration because it demands in other words what Trump demanded of Iran in the nuclear industry,” state television quoted Khamenei as saying.

Trump's withdrawal from the agreement was aimed at forcing Iran to negotiate stricter limits on its nuclear program, development of ballistic missiles, and support for regional proxy forces. Tehran has rejected Washington's demands.

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