TE24 International Desk:
RIYADH – The use of military force to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon was not out of the question “if it were the last resort,” US President Joe Biden said on Israeli television on Wednesday.
The president, however, declined to say whether he had any contact with Israeli leaders about a possible military response.
In an interview with N12, Biden said he was committed to keeping Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on the list of U.S. foreign terrorist organizations even if it scrapped a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Biden arrived in Israel on Wednesday on a regional tour where he will be seen attending the GCC summit in Saudi Arabia.
When asked why his administration was so determined to revive the deal, which most U.S. allies in the region oppose, Biden said: “The only thing worse than the current Iran is Iran with nuclear weapons.”
Biden blamed his predecessor, Donald Trump, for canceling the deal, saying it made Iran more dangerous now.
“You’re closer to nuclear weapons than ever before,” Biden said.
In 2018, Trump withdrew the United States from a joint comprehensive action plan signed in 2015 by the P5 + 1 group of Iran and China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany because of the threat posed by Iran.
Middle East. The move by the former president has been welcomed by most US allies in the region. The deal frees Iran from sanctions if Tehran allows inspections of its nuclear activities.
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