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US envoy: Iran may not return to nuclear deal, we’re working on Plan B

In this file photo taken on May 7, 2018 Rob Malley, former US negotiator during the Iran nuclear program negotiations and current CEO at the International Crisis Group in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)
In this file photo taken on May 7, 2018 Rob Malley, former US negotiator during the Iran nuclear program negotiations and current CEO at the International Crisis Group in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

The US negotiator on Iran says it is possible that Tehran will never return to a 2015 nuclear accord, and that Washington is working with regional allies on a Plan B.

Rob Malley, who led indirect talks with Iran earlier this year, says that President Joe Biden’s administration still feels it is best to return to the deal that was trashed by former president Donald Trump.

“We feel like coming back would still be the best outcome but we’re realistic,” Malley says at an event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“We know that there’s at least a good possibility that Iran is going to choose a different path and we need to coordinate with Israel and with our other partners in the region,” Malley says.

The foreign ministers of Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which established relations last year, are meeting jointly with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Malley says he would also head within days to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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