,Washington prefers diplomacy with Iran to the path proposed by Israel to subdue Tehran with sanctions as it may lead to war, the US says, after Israel warns against “bad deal” with the Islamic Republic.
“I think we’re looking at multiple tracks here, including our continued pursuit of seeing whether a diplomatic path is possible. The alternative in our view is a path to war,” US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Saturday.
“We think the path to diplomacy is the right path,” she added.
Psaki remarks came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter on Friday to warn against a “bad deal” with Iran over the country’s nuclear program.
The US official said she saw the tweet Friday but had no response to it.
On November 7, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany kicked off intense discussions over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Swiss city of Geneva which stretched into a third day.
The two sides did not reach an agreement, but stressed that significant progress had been made and expressed optimism about the prospect of a possible deal in the future.
The likelihood of an agreement between Iran and the six world powers has made enraged Netanyahu who has denounced a possible agreement with Iran as a “historic blunder.”
The next round of negotiations between Iran and the six countries is slated to be held in Geneva on November 20.