Biden news – live: President vows to stop Iran nuclear plans as threat to Trump to avenge Soleimani revealed

Biden says US would use force as ‘last resort’ to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons

As Joe Biden visits the Middle East, a new U.S. intelligence report has warned that the Iranian military may be planning to assassinate high-ranking Trump administration officials-including the ex-president himself-in revenge for the U.S.’s 2020 killing of Qasem Soleimani.

Mr Biden, meanwhile, is in Israel for talks at the start of his first Middle East trip. Israeli President Isaac Herzog welcomed Mr Biden at Ben Gurion International Airport on his “journey of peace” to the region.

After a defense briefing, Mr Biden met with Holocaust survivors at the Yad Vashem museum and was seen wiping away tears after a solemn ceremony. Later, in an interview with Israeli television, the president said that the US would use force as a “last resort” to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Mr Biden will later travel to Saudi Arabia with the goal “to reorient – but not rupture” the US relationship with Riyadh and take a tougher stance toward the kingdom, while also hoping to build on the Abraham Accords between Israel and the Gulf states.

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Who was Qassem Soleimani?

A shocking story from Yahoo News relays a US intelligence report that warns of potential assassination threats from Iran against top Trump administration officials, including the ex-president himself to avenge the 2020 death of Qassem Soleimani.

Here’s a refresher on who General Soleimani was and his role in Iran and the wider region.

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Biden shares Israeli president’s ties to Ireland

President Joe Biden noted Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s ties to Ireland, where his father was the chief rabbi.

“He was the Sinn Fein Rabbi,” Mr Biden joked.

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Biden meets with President Herzog

President Joe Biden’s next stop on his visit to Israel is the presidential residence in Jerusalem, where he was greeted by President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog.

President Joe Biden welcomed by Israeli President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog at the Presidential residence in Jerusalem

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President Joe Biden welcomed by Israeli President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog at the Presidential residence in Jerusalem

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President Biden signs the guest book at the Presidential residence in Jerusalem

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Biden ‘would not be disappointed’ by Trump 2024 rematch

US president Joe Biden has expressed confidence about a possible rematch with Donald Trump in 2024 and said he would not be “disappointed” if that were to happen.

“I’m not predicting, but I would not be disappointed,” Mr Biden said in an interview with Israeli television outlet Channel 12 on Wednesday.

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Biden’s visit taking place against the chaotic backdrop of Israeli politics

President Joe Biden, facing his own set of challenges back in Washington, will spend Thursday navigating Israel’s chaotic politics as he meets with the country’s leaders to bolster cooperation with the United States and other nations.

Biden played down the political uncertainty in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 that aired Wednesday.

“We’re committed to the state, not an individual leader,” he said.

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I2U2: India, Israel, UAE, and US convene first leaders meeting

As part of US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, he and Prime Minister Yair Lapid were joined via video conference by their Indian and Emirati counterparts – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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The group, named I2U2, is seen as a companion project to the Quad – Australia, India, Japan, and the US – as a way of countering China’s influence across the Middle East and South Asia.

In the group’s first joint statement, the four leaders said: This unique grouping of countries aims to harness the vibrancy of our societies and entrepreneurial spirit to tackle some of the greatest challenges confronting our world, with a particular focus on joint investments and new initiatives in water, energy, transportation, space, health, and food security.

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Watch: Biden’s remarks on Iran

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Biden: US ‘not going to wait forever’ for Iran to reenter nuclear agreement

US President Joe Biden on Thursday warned that the negotiations meant to bring Iran back into the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement cannot be allowed to drag on indefinitely.

Speaking at a press conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Mr Biden was asked if he’d set a deadline for when he might walk away from the talks, which the US is hoping will re-start the agreement which former president Donald Trump walked away from in 2018.

“We’ve laid out for the people for the leadership of Iran, what we’re willing to accept in order to get back to the JCPOA,” Mr Biden said. “We’re waiting for the response. When that will come, I’m not certain. But we are not going to wait forever ”.

Andrew Feinberg reports for The Independent.

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Biden asked about raising Khashoggi murder with Saudis

Asked about bringing up the murder of Jamal Khashoggi with the Saudi leadership, President Biden does not commit to directly raising the topic but notes his “I always bring up human rights. I always bring up human rights. but my position on Khashoggi has been so clear, if anyone doesn’t understand it in Saudi Arabia or anywhere else, then they haven’t been around for a while. ”

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Biden praises progress of the Abraham Accords

President Biden also praised the Abraham Accords, brought about by the efforts of the previous administration, and reaffirmed the US’s commitment to building on them.

“Tomorrow I’ll be the first American president to fly from Israel directly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. That represents important progress. ”

“When I see the Saudi leadership tomorrow, I’ll be carrying a direct message,” the president says, adding it will be a message of peace and extraordinary opportunities in a more stable region.

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