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Lapid: Israel, US to Work Together to Prevent Nuclear Iran

Lapid: Israel, US to Work Together to Prevent Nuclear Iran

Sunday, 27 March, 2022 - 08:45
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference with Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, March 27, 2022. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS

Israel's foreign minister said on Sunday that Israel and the US will cooperate in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran despite disagreements they have over an emerging nuclear deal.


"We have disagreements about a nuclear agreement and its consequences, but open and honest dialogue is part of the strength of our friendship," Yair Lapid said in Jerusalem during a joint press conference with visiting Secretary of State Antony Blinken.


"Israel and the United States will continue to work together to prevent a nuclear Iran."


For his part, Blinken said the return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the best way to put Iran’s nuclear program back in the box, noting that the US commitment to core principle of Iran never acquiring a nuclear weapon is "unwavering."


The top official affirmed that Washington will continue to stand up to Iran when it threatens us or our allies


Meanwhile on Russia, Blinken told reporters that the US has no strategy of regime change for Russia.


This came after President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power".


"I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else," Blinken said during a visit to Jerusalem, Reuters reported.


"As you know, and as you have heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia - or anywhere else, for that matter."


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