Biden vows Iran will never acquire nuclear weapons

The call comes amid reports that Lapid could not contact Biden to discuss the Iranian nuclear situation

Updated: August 31, 2022 - 4:15pm

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President Joe Biden affirmed on Wednesday that the United States would not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

"The President underscored U.S. commitment to never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon," the White House said of the call, according to Reuters. Lapid's office said the pair "spoke at length about the negotiations on a nuclear agreement, and their shared commitment to stopping Iran’s progress towards a nuclear weapon."

The call comes amid reports that Lapid could not contact Biden to discuss the Iranian nuclear situation.

The Biden administration has sought to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran Nuclear Deal, which then-President Barack Obama negotiated with the Islamic regime in 2015. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement in 2018. 

Some analysts have argued, however, that the White House is not looking to directly revive the JCPOA but rather is offering Tehran considerably more generous terms than the original agreement.

Israel has insisted it will not be bound by a revived JCPOA, per Reuters. 

Iran, for its part, has continued a string of plots and alleged assassination attempts against prominent members of the U.S. foreign policy establishment such as former Trump adviser John Bolton.

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