Sunday, July 5, 2009

Biden on Iran Nuclear Program

Vice President Joe Biden said Israel has a sovereign right to take military action to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

“Israel can determine for itself as a sovereign nation what is in its best interest,” Biden said. “If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different than the one being pursued now, that is their sovereign right to do that. That is not our choice.”

Biden made the remarks in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” taped in Iraq and broadcast today.

Biden also said that a US offer to meet with Iran about its nuclear program remains “on the table.”

“We’re not rushing to sit down,” Biden said. “We need to wait to see how this sort of settles out.” Still, he said, if Iranian leaders “seek to engage, we will engage.”

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