Biden – less than even chance of Iran nuclear deal

Washington – US Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday there was a “less than even shot” of a nuclear deal with Iran but that 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 program 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 United States and allies were working by slowing Iran’s economy, as well as its nuclear programme.

“It’s frozen the program, 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 United States and Israel have tactical disagreements, Washington remained fully dedicated to Israel’s security.

“We will not let Iran acquire a nuclear weapon – period,” he said. “End of discussion. Not on our watch.”

Last month Iran said it would not make excessive concessions on its nuclear program, which Tehran says is for energy-creation purposes, as part of a 12-year dispute.

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