U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry repeated Washington’s rhetoric, saying that the “military option” against Iran “is ready” if Tehran does not abide by the commitments it made under the Geneva nuclear deal.
“The military option of the United States is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do,” Kerry told Al Arabiya on Thursday.
Astonishingly, the remarks by Kerry came just four days after the Geneva nuclear deal went into force, and inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency closely watched and verified the implementation of the deal on the part of Iran.
Kerry’s remarks were improper, ill-timed, unexpected, undiplomatic, irresponsible, surprising, discouraging and more importantly a blow to the trust.
Some analysts argue that Kerry may have made such remarks to appease hardliners in the U.S. and Israel who oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.
Even if it so, Kerry’s statement came as a blow to the efforts to build trust between Tehran and Washington and sent a disappointing signal to Iran, the United States’ partners on the 5+1 group, and the world as a whole.
This statement reinforced the position of those who say the United States is not honest in its negotiations with Iran. Moreover it will put pressure on the government of President Hassan Rouhani at home which is negotiating with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in good faith.
In fact, the unguarded remarks by Kerry were an insult to the goodwill shown by Iran. It is hoped that the U.S. chief diplomat retract his words in a face-saving manner.
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