“A more stable and predictable relationship with them, I think, would be good for us, good for them, and I would even say good for the world,” Blinken said.
A number of conflict zones have emerged over the past decade, including Russian military actions in Ukraine, allegations of widespread Russian interference in the US elections, and Putin’s persecution of opposition figures such as ‘Alexei Navalny. Blinken said the administration has no qualms about exposing Russia and defending US interests if Russia continues “reckless and aggressive actions” that destabilize the world.
“The president has been very resolute on this,” Blinken told Zakaria.
Blinken also spoke on Sunday of two countries at the heart of conflicts over nuclear weapons, Iran and North Korea. Discussing Iran on ABC’s “This Week,” Blinken said the United States is waiting to see if Iran “comes back into compliance” with respect to the international treaty signed in 2015. The Trump administration is is withdrawn from the agreement, but Biden has said he wants to return to the treaty.
“What we haven’t seen is whether Iran is ready and willing to make a decision to do what it needs to do. This is the test and we don’t have an answer yet, ”he said.
Blinken also said the administration was looking for positive signs from North Korea in its efforts to try to eliminate nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.
“I don’t think there will be a big case where this is solved all at once. It must be clearly calibrated diplomacy, clear steps on the part of the North Koreans, and it is moving forward, ”he told George Stephanopoulos of ABC. .
“Now we have presented this. We are waiting to see if Pyongyang really wants to engage. The ball is in their court, ”he said.