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Israel’s Lapid Warns Iran Could Face Attack as U.S. Backs Talks

  • Foreign minister says Iranians are ‘trying to cheat the world’
  • Blinken says ‘runway is getting shorter’ for Iran to negotiate
Yair Lapid speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.
Yair Lapid speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg

Israel’s foreign minister said Iran draws closer every day to having a nuclear weapon and warned his country will use force if it must to keep that from happening, a blunt threat that underscored his government’s growing frustrations as world powers seek to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said during a visit to Washington Wednesday that Israel reserves the right to act “at any given moment in any way” given Iran’s longtime vow to wipe Israel from the map. He said Iranians are “clearly dragging their heels, trying to cheat the world.”