There seems to be two positions on Iran among US officials. United States Special Representative for Iran Rob Malley has stated that the US will continue to seek a diplomatic solution on the Iranian nuclear weapons program even after the JCPOA becomes irrelevant. Everyone else in the Biden administration claims that the US will examine “other options”. What is the real US policy? There can be no doubt that Malley’s statement represents the real US position.
The US is not considering any “options” on Iran despite repeatedly claiming to do so. The “options” rhetoric has zero credibility in Tehran. The US has turned itself into a paper tiger as its deterrence posture vis-a-vis Iran has utterly collapsed. The real reason for the insistence on maintaining some kind of diplomatic engagement with Iran seems to be to stave off an Iranian chemical weapons attack against a major American city. As the rest of the P5+1 has the US entirely deferred the question of dismantling the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Israel. The JCPOA was designed to buy immunity from being attacked by Iranian chemical weapons for the six powers in the P5+1 group. There is apparently no international community, only narrow national considerations.