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.