Biden, Lapid to sign pledge to stop Iran going nuclear

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US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid will sign a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons on Thursday, closing ranks after long-running disputes between the allies over global diplomacy with Tehran. Biden, who is visiting Jerusalem, said on Wednesday he was open to “last resort” use of force against Iran – an apparent move toward accommodating Lapid’s calls on world powers to present a “credible military threat” against Israel’s arch foe. The United States and Israel have separately made such veiled threats against Iran – which denies seeking nuclear weaponry – for yea…

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