President Joe Biden said Thursday he was still working on the Iran nuclear agreement, despite calls to cancel the landmark pact amid fears of a breach of U.S. security.
“The president is still working very hard on the agreement,” Biden told reporters at a White House news conference.
“I’m confident that he’ll be able to make that happen,” Biden added.
“I know that the president will do his best to make sure that that happens.”
The agreement was agreed to by the Obama administration and Iran in July after years of negotiation that has been widely seen as a key step in the effort to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.
But the deal has been challenged by Trump, who has threatened to impose economic sanctions on the country if Tehran violates its terms and said it could leave the U.N. Security Council with no ability to address the threat of nuclear weapons.
“We’re still working with the Iranian government to try to get it done,” Biden said.
“They’ve made some progress.
I believe they’re moving forward in that process.”
He also said he’s not yet in a position to offer additional details on the deal as a condition of a potential renegotiation of the agreement.
“But as soon as we’re in a place where we can say that the Iran deal is the best deal we’ve got, then we’ll be prepared to negotiate that deal,” Biden continued.
“In my view, it’s not a deal we can do right now.
So it’s a deal that we’ll have to negotiate.”
Biden’s comments come as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May meets President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., where she said the U,S.
and European Union will “stand together” to defend “the unity of Europe.”
May said Trump’s decision to end the pact was “deeply disappointing.”
“It will not help the U and the U-K.
meet their commitments to NATO, to the United Nations and to the EU,” she said.
“This is deeply disappointing.”
The U. S. has said the deal will end U.s. reliance on the Islamic Republic of Iran as a supplier of oil.
The White House said Friday that Biden would not discuss details of the negotiations with reporters and that he did not intend to cancel a planned trip to the U of T on Monday.
But White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the president is “working closely” with European allies on Iran’s nuclear talks.
“He’s confident that they’re on the right track,” Earnest said.
Biden is scheduled to visit the U in the coming days.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.