Biden and Israeli Prime Ministers will discuss Iran’s strategy at next week’s meeting


Washington / Jerusalem — The stagnation of nuclear negotiations with Iran will be paramount when US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meet next week.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said in a statement announcing the first face-to-face meeting of the leaders at the White House on August 26, “President and Prime Minister Bennett are on security in the region and the world, including Iran. Discuss serious security-related issues. “

Negotiations between Tehran and the six world powers to revive the nuclear deal abandoned by Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump three years ago have been stalled since it began in April.

Israeli leaders oppose the resurgence of the deal. It sees nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat.

Tehran has denied calling for a bomb, but a UN atomic surveillance report by Reuters on Tuesday showed that the country is accelerating its near-weapons-grade uranium enrichment.

The July 29 attack on Israeli-controlled tankers off Oman, where Israel, the United States and Britain accused Tehran, heightened tensions in the region. Iran has denied involvement in a drone strike suspected of killing two crew members.

Conflicts have also broke out between Israeli and Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist groups in Lebanon.

The White House meeting will take place within three weeks of meeting with Iran’s Bennett in Israel by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency William Burns.

Bennett said at a press conference that the conference would “focus on Iran,” but the White House also touted “an opportunity to discuss efforts to promote peace, security and prosperity between Israel and Palestine.”

Israeli leaders at the conference “very focused on partnership policies aimed at curbing Iran’s unstable and negative community activities, human rights abuses, terrorism and preventing the approach of a nuclear explosion.” He said he would attend.

By Trevor Hunnicutt and Maayan Lubell