If recent reports are anything to go by, President Joe Biden's administration is seriously pursuing a return to diplomacy with Iran. However, there remains a glitch: a military option is subject to variation lest confrontation arise. An Iranian official expressed a similar stance enthusing how maintaining diplomatic ties is on the agenda, but the country was also preparing for challenges.

“Iran has both accelerated its nuclear program and intensified its regional activities,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price, adding, “The President and Secretary of State are determined to resume diplomacy as a more effective means of achieving our goals. As for the details of how this can be achieved, we intend to consult closely with Congress, our allies, and partners.”

Price further enthused how the way forward would be to enter into negotiations to advance the interests of the United States and like-minded nations. “That said, If Iran chooses to narrow the space for diplomacy by confronting the United States, there should be no doubt in anyone's mind that he will be prepared to defend U.S. troops and vital interests, including with appropriate force,” he said, adding, “We certainly hope it doesn't come to that, but the President will never hesitate to uphold his responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief.”

Responding to Price's comments, Iranian permanent mission to the United Nations spokesperson Alireza Miryousefi said his country refuted the potentiality of future conflicts. At the same time, Miryousefi added that the Islamic Republic was prepared to respond to any attack.

“Iran is not interested in a military confrontation with the U.S.," Miryousefi told the media outlet Newsweek. “However, we have proven, including during the former U.S. administration, that we are determined to vigorously respond to any act of aggression against our territory and interests.,” he added.

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