WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden pushed back against Iran’s demands for a final deal over its nuclear program on Thursday, demanding access to its military sites, sanctions relief phased over time and a “clear” snapback mechanism at the United Nations should Tehran violate the deal.
Only two weeks ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei rejected those terms as red lines for Iran, in talks over its nuclear work.
Speaking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Biden expressed support for an emerging final Iranian nuclear deal, saying the initiative in the works would provided “a historic opportunity to forge an enduring peaceful solution.”
Under a nuclear deal Iran’s path to plutonium enrichment would be closed “forever,” Biden claimed, adding that Iran is capable at the moment of constructing eight nuclear weapons.
“We put together not only the toughest sanctions regime in history, but one of the most broad-based,” Biden said.
The US vice president added that a comprehensive deal currently being negotiated “radically” alters the timeline on Iran’s ability to achieve nuclear weapons capabilities.