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Iran nuclear deal

Biden speaks to Israel’s Lapid amid reported progress on Iran nuclear deal

“We do believe we’re closer now than we had been in certain recent weeks and months, due in large part to Iran being willing to drop some of their demands that were not related to the deal at all,” National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby said.

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US President Joe Biden spoke to Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday, the White House said, as the Israeli premier’s office said talks focused on Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapon.

Biden spoke to Lapid “to consult on global and regional security challenges, including threats posed by Iran,” the White House said in a readout of the call.

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Biden underscored US commitment to never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, the White House said.

Lapid’s office said the pair spoke “at length about the negotiations on a nuclear agreement and their shared commitment to stopping Iran’s progress towards a nuclear weapon.”

Also, on Wednesday, the White House voiced its optimism that a nuclear deal with Iran would be reached.

“We do believe we’re closer now than we had been in certain recent weeks and months, due in large part to Iran being willing to drop some of their demands that were not related to the deal at all,” National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby told reporters during a phone call. “So, we’re cautiously optimistic that things can continue to move in the right direction.”

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