U.S. President Biden and Israeli PM Lapid Agree To Stop Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday discussed Iran’s rapidly progressing nuclear activities, vowing to stop it.

In the one-on-one meeting, the two leaders also spoke about building a coalition of moderate nations in the Middle East and stressed the importance of Israel becoming totally integrated in the region.

“We have discussed the Iranian threat,” Lapid said after meeting Biden, adding that there “will be no nuclear Iran because it is not only a threat to Israel but to the whole world.”

Biden and Lapid have reiterated their positions against Iran in a joint declaration committing to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The two leaders signed the statement early Thursday, vowing to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

The joint declaration also includes a pledge by the US to continue military aid to Israel as well as reaffirming unshakable commitment to expanding and supporting peace among Israel and its moderate Arab neighbors.

During the talks, Lapid told Biden that Iran will not agree to a stronger nuclear deal without a credible military threat. “Iran is not serious and the US must impose serious sanctions on Tehran to compel them to return to the table of talks,” Lapid added.

Biden, in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 said that he would use force as a “last resort” to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

While reaffirmed his commitment to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Biden said it was a “gigantic mistake” for the last president to get out of the deal.

Iran struck a deal with six major powers in 2015 under which it has reduced its nuclear activity in return for relief from severe economic sanctions.

However, former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and re-imposed harsh sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to accelerate its nuclear programs.

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