According to White House National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby, the US approach will not change despite Iran envoy Rob Malley being placed on leave.

  • White House says US Iran approach to remain unchanged
    National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. (AP)

According to White House National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby on Friday, the US policy of pressuring Iran will remain unchanged despite the leave of Iran envoy Rob Malley.

According to media reports on Thursday, Malley has been placed on leave while his security clearance is being investigated. It is unclear how long Malley will be on leave.

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During a conference call with reporters, Kirby stated that it was a "personnel issue" and that "nothing has changed" about the approach the US is taking toward Iran, vowing that the approach remains "consistent. "

Kirby emphasized that the US will maintain pressure on Iran and collaborate with its allies to confront Tehran's alleged nuclear goals - although Iran has maintained that its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes - as well as support for Russia.

This comes at a time when Iranian Army Air Defense Force commander Alireza Sabahi-Fard on Thursday confirmed that the Islamic Republic must continue to ramp up the development and manufacturing of longer-range radar, drone, and missile systems in order to meet regional security threats.

The country has long warned the US and others not to test its capabilities.

Abram Paley is now the acting US special envoy to Iran, according to State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller.

In a heated phone conversation with his Israeli counterpart last week, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan voiced worry that "Israel" is leaking classified information to the media regarding indirect negotiations between the United States and Iran, Axios reported, citing three American and Israeli officials.

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