US Vice President Joe Biden has made a veiled threat against the Islamic Republic of Iran over the country’s peaceful nuclear program.
Biden made the remarks at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC) in Washington DC on Monday. " President Barack Obama is not bluffing, " he said, in reference to the US president’s statement, in which he said military action would be used to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons if all other options failed. Biden stated that the US does not want to start a war with Iran but that the window for diplomacy is closing.
" We are not looking for war… but all options, including military force, are on the table, " the US vice president said.
At the beginning of 2012, the US and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran. The illegal US - engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non - civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non - Proliferation Treaty(NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran ' s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran ' s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.