Joe Biden: “We will not let Iran acquire a nuclear weapon – period. End of discussion. Not on our watch.”

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Joe Biden speaks to the Saban Forum in Washington. AP photo

Reuters

US vice-president Joe Biden said on Saturday there was a “less than even shot” of a nuclear deal with Iran, but added it was still worth pursuing.

Biden, speaking at a forum on the Middle East at the Brookings Institution think tank, rejected calls for more sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programme because “this is not the time to risk a breakdown when we still have a chance for a breakthrough”.

Biden said the sanctions imposed by the US and allies were working by slowing Iran’s economy, as well as its nuclear programme.

“It’s frozen the programme, it’s given us a shot for a peaceful solution,” he said. “I tell you, I think it’s a less than even shot but it’s a shot, nonetheless.”

Biden said that while the US and Israel have tactical disagreements, Washington…

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