President Biden Talks with Israeli PM Amid Progress on Iran Nuclear Deal

After voicing optimism on Wednesday that a nuclear deal with Iran would be reached, the White House informed that President Joe Biden spoke to Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid with regard to Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapon.

The White House’s readout of the call says that Biden consulted with Lapid on threats posed by Iran, among other global and regional security challenges, underscoring the joint US-Israeli commitment to never allow Tehran to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Lapid’s office added that the leaders spoke at length about the negotiations on a nuclear agreement.

National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby previously said that the Biden administration is cautiously optimistic that things can continue to move in the right direction due to, in large part, Iran’s willingness to drop demands that were not related to the deal at all.

Meanwhile, over 5,000 former Israeli security officials, including senior officers from all branches of Israel’s armed forces, security and law-enforcement agencies, researchers, academics, and others, have signed the Israel Defense and Security Forum’s letter to President Biden.

The letter is urging Biden not to sign a new nuclear agreement with Iran since it would be catastrophic for American, Israeli, and global peace and security for a broad range of reasons.

The Israel Defense and Security Forum noted it is basing its demands on their collective experience and assessment that argues that revived deal would give Iran a clear legal pathway to obtaining nuclear weapons by 2031 without giving the signatories any tools to prevent it.

The forum is assured that the lifting of economic sanctions will enable Tehran to continue with its plans of regional hegemony while increasing its work on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The letter also warns that a revived deal would unleash a regional nuclear arms race, forcing states like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other Sunni states to mitigate the Iranian threat by either developing or acquiring nuclear weapons.

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