Washington (IP)- In an interview with the New York Times, the US president-elect said if Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement.

Iran Press/America: New York Times Opinion Columnist Thomas L. Friedman conducted an interview with Joe Biden on his first few months and his next four years.

Joe Biden had articulated in a Sept. 13 essay on CNN.com that “if Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations,” and lift the sanctions on Iran that Trump imposed.

Friedman says, on foreign policy, Biden made two significant points. First, I asked him whether he stood by his views on the Iran nuclear deal that he articulated on CNN. He answered, “It’s going to be hard, but yeah.”

 “Look, there’s a lot of talk about precision missiles and all range of other things that are destabilizing the region,” Biden said. But the fact is, “the best way to achieve getting some stability in the region” is to deal “with the nuclear program.”

If Iran gets a nuclear bomb, he added, it puts enormous pressure on the Saudis, Turkey, Egypt, and others to get nuclear weapons themselves. “And the last goddamn thing we need in that part of the world is a buildup of nuclear capability.”

Then, Biden said, “in consultation with our allies and partners, we’re going to engage in negotiations and follow-on agreements to tighten and lengthen Iran’s nuclear constraints, as well as address the missile program.” The US always has the option to snap back sanctions if need be, and Iran knows that he added.

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