Joe Biden tells Israel president Reuven Rivlin he won’t tolerate nuclear Iran – News Vibe24

    Joe Biden tells Israel president Reuven Rivlin he won't tolerate nuclear Iran - Times of India
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden sought to reassure Israel that it would not tolerate a nuclear Iran as it met with outgoing Israeli President Raven Rivlin on Monday amid significant political turmoil in the United States. in Iran nuclear deal.
    Biden said he had ordered airstrikes a day earlier targeting facilities that the U.S. military says were used by Iranian-backed militia groups near the Iraq-Syria border. The rhetoric seemed to emphasize that he would remain tough on Iran’s malicious activity, even as he pursued a diplomatic course to halt Tehran’s nuclear program.
    “All I can tell you is that Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch,” Biden told a White House meeting.
    The meeting with Rivlin, who is making his last trip abroad for the presidency, took place just weeks after Naftali Bennett became the new Prime Minister of Israel, replacing Benjamin Netanyahu. The Biden government, meanwhile, has stepped up efforts to revive Iran’s 2015 deal with world powers to limit Tehran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. Former President Donald Trump, with the support of Netanyahu, dissolved the agreement in 2018.
    Biden said he hoped to meet the new prime minister at the White House “very soon”.
    Rivlin is expected to step down on July 7 after a seven-year term. Isaac Herzog, a former member of parliament who recently led a non-profit organization working closely with the government to promote immigration to Israel, will take over the presidency.
    Rivlin was also scheduled to meet with Democratic President Nancy Pelosi later Monday.
    Biden said the two would discuss Iran and the aftermath of the Gaza war. The president also reiterated his support for continuing to normalize relations between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world and planned to reiterate the government’s promise to renew Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which was exhausted during the 11-day period. war with Hamas in Gaza.
    The latest conflict has killed at least 254 Palestinians and killed 13 in Israel.
    Biden has low hopes, at least for the time being, of reviving the Palestinian peace talks, according to an official familiar with the Biden administration’s consultations. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity for private discussions, said Biden administration officials were starting to build contacts with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, a relationship that was eroded during the Trump administration. .
    The meeting with Rivlin comes a day after US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met in Rome with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, a centrist who, along with Bennett and six other political allies, formed a fragile coalition government. .
    Aviv Kochavi, chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, met last week with Biden National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and other senior national security officials. Kotsavi reiterated Israel’s opposition to the Biden administration’s efforts to revive the 2015 agreement.
    Administration officials, however, have responded in talks with Kotsavi and others in the new Israeli government that it is worth diplomacy to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapons system, even if it is not guaranteed, the official said.

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