Biden: I’d rejoin nuclear deal if Iran returns to compliance
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On Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to re-enter the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran if Tehran returns to compliance with its terms.
“If Tehran returns to compliance with the deal, I’d rejoin the agreement,” Biden said in a foreign policy speech in New York City. “The historic Iran nuclear deal we negotiated blocked Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, with inspectors on the ground — international inspectors confirming that the agreement was being kept. Yet Trump cast it aside prompting Iran to restart its nuclear program, become more provocative, and raising the risk of another disastrous war in the region.”
Biden said he would use “hard-nosed diplomacy” and seek support from U.S. allies to strengthen and extend the agreement to “more effectively” push back “against Iran’s destabilizing activities” in the Middle East.
Biden also stressed the need to ‘sustain’” America’s “iron-clad commitment to Israel’s security” despite disagreements with the present Israeli government. “It is essential,” he said.