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US Ambassador: ‘We Will Never Tie Israel’s Hands’ on Iran

(JNS) U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides said that the Biden administration is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and that its commitment to Israel’s security is “ironclad,” though he also emphasized that the White House wants a “diplomatic solution” to the issue.

Speaking with journalists in Jerusalem, Nides emphasized, “We stand by Israel to make sure Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon. That is also in our national security interest, and we’ve repeated that over and over again.”

He reiterated previous pledges made to Israel by President Joe Biden, saying, “We will never tie Israel’s hands in the event that Israel needs to defend itself.”

Nides repeated, “We understand the aggression of Iran and we will never tie Israel’s hands,” adding that Biden had made this “very clear” to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

However, he qualified, “We would like a diplomatic solution” to the Iranian nuclear issue, “but only under the conditions the president laid out with our European colleagues.”

“There’s many gaps and conditions” Nides said of the ongoing negotiations, which “have not been resolved yet.”

Biden, the ambassador assured reporters, “has shown he sticks to principles. His principle is he supports the State of Israel and the security of the State of Israel and that is what we refer to as ironclad.”

Nides pointed to the U.S. insistence on keeping Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations list as proof that the American president “is a man of his word.”

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