Biden Tries to Soothe Israeli Concerns Over Iran Deal

Implementation of the interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program is expected to start on Jan. 20.

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Jordain Carney
Jan. 14, 2014, 3:13 a.m.

Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden re­as­sured Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu on Monday that the United States will up­hold its “sanc­tions ar­chi­tec­ture” against Ir­an.

Biden’s com­ments — which came as he was in Is­rael for former Prime Min­is­ter Ar­i­el Shar­on’s fu­ner­al — fol­low an agree­ment reached last week on how to im­ple­ment the in­ter­im agree­ment on Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram. Un­der the deal, the Ir­a­ni­an gov­ern­ment will curb its en­rich­ment in ex­change for lim­ited sanc­tions re­lief. Im­ple­ment­a­tion of the agree­ment is ex­pec­ted to start on Jan. 20.

“It is safe to say that the is­sue of en­sur­ing the con­tin­ued en­force­ment of the sanc­tions ar­chi­tec­ture is an im­port­ant pri­or­ity for us, is an im­port­ant pri­or­ity for Is­rael and was a sub­ject of con­ver­sa­tion,” a seni­or U.S. of­fi­cial said, Re­u­ters re­ports.

But Biden also re­it­er­ated the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s op­pos­i­tion to any at­tempt by mem­bers of Con­gress to pass new sanc­tions le­gis­la­tion while talks on a long-term agree­ment for Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram are on­go­ing. Ir­a­ni­an of­fi­cials have said that they will walk away from talks if Con­gress passes new le­gis­la­tion.

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