WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – The United States will never allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, U.S. President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday, the White House said.
Iran and the United States have been engaged in indirect negotiations for months to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, from which Washington withdrew in 2018 by decision of former President Donald Trump.
Israel opposes a return to the agreement, which provides for limitations on the Iranian nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran.
“The President reaffirmed that the United States would never allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” the White House said in a statement. Joe Biden and Yair Lapid discussed “threats posed by Iran” in a telephone interview.
The American president also underlined the importance for Israel to conduct negotiations with Lebanon in order to resolve the maritime border dispute between them.
(Report Trevor Hunnicutt and Rami Ayyub; French version Camille Raynaud)