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Biden warns Iran on nuke ambitions — Analysis

Tehran responded that it will issue a “harsh and regrettable response” to any “mistake” by Washington

Joe Biden (US President) announced Thursday that Washington will be “use all elements of its national power”To stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. He added that he won’t “wait forever”A new nuclear deal should be reached with Tehran.

Biden signed in Jerusalem a declaration by Yair Lepid, Israeli Prime Minister, on Thursday regarding the continuation of strategic cooperation between their countries. The declaration affirmed Washington’s continued military aid to Israel, welcomed Israel’s normalization of trade with its Arab neighbors, and pledged “never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.”

The USA “is prepared to use all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome,”The declaration was read.

In a press conference alongside Lapid, Biden stated that the US is “not going to wait forever” for Iran to accept its demands and return to the 2015 nuclear deal. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was signed by Iran, the US, Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany in July 2015, placed limitations on Tehran’s civilian nuclear programs in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

Trump unilaterally pulled America out of the 2018 deal, claiming Iran was violating its terms. Iran maintains its insistence that they have never tried to make nuclear weapons.

Negotiations to revive the deal have stalled, with American officials claiming that Iran is adding extra demands, while the Iranians insist that it is the US’ responsibility to return to the original terms of the agreement, including by lifting “snap-back” sanctions imposed following Trump’s 2018 withdrawal.

Lapid outright rejected diplomacy during Thursday’s briefing. “Words will not stop them, Mr. President,”He told Biden. “Diplomacy will not stop them.”

“The only way to stop them is to put a credible military threat on the table. The Iranian regime must know that if they continue to deceive the world they will pay a heavy price.”  

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi countered with some tough words of his own after Biden and Lapid’s meeting. “The great nation Iran won’t accept any instability or crisis in this region, and Washington and its allies need to know that any error will be met with a harsh and regrettable reply from Iran.”He stated. 

“Islamic Iran is stronger than ever and the power of the Americans is weaker than ever,” Raisi continued, adding that the US sanctions regime on Iran – dubbed the “maximum pressure” campaign by the Trump administration –  “has failed, but they are repeating this experience.”

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