During his visit to Israel, President Biden and Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership in which the U.S. vowed to use "all elements of its national power" to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Days after that public pronouncement, perhaps timed to counter it, Tehran said it can enrich uranium up to 90%, a vital step to building a nuke.
“Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb,” Kamal Kharazzi, an advisor to Iran leader Ali Khameni, told Al Jazeera over the weekend. “But there has been no decision by Iran to build one.”
Kharazzi’s comments to Al Jazeera were picked up for a Jerusalem Post story that was featured prominently on the well-read Drudge Report.
Last week, when interviewed by AFN about Biden's trip to Israel, Gary Bauer of American Values said he believed Biden’s public pledge with Lapid was nothing but an obligatory show of commitment while he was in Israel.
“[Biden] has not shown any indication that he's willing to confront Iranian terrorism in the region. So it's an empty letter. It's means nothing,” Bauer said. “The more significant thing that tells you it doesn't mean anything is that he wants so desperately to get back into the nuclear deal with Iran, which of course doesn't stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
During his stop in Israel, in a comment about that nuclear deal, Biden said he believes "diplomacy is the best way to achieve this outcome."
Israel, meanwhile, is determined to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon in light of Jew-hating Iran vowing over years and decades to destroy Israel one day.
"Our strategy is to erase Israel from the global political map," an Iranian general told that nation's news service in 2019, when Israel missiles hit Iranian targets in Syria.
Israel has used its famous Mossad intelligence service to assassinate numerous nuclear scientists. In one of the more recent shadowy operations, leading atomic bomb scientist Mohsen Fakhrizeadeh was gunned down by a remote-operated gun in 2021.
Israel possesses nuclear warheads, a fact known by its surrounding enemies but never officially acknowledged by Israel's government.