U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reiterated on Monday President Joe Biden’s commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, according to a statement from the White House.

Sullivan discussed the Iranian nuclear threat during a meeting in Washington with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, who arrived in the United States on Sunday for a five-day visit.

The two expressed their shared determination to address the security challenges posed by Tehran and its proxies, said the statement.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic has begun enriching uranium to 60% at its underground Fordow nuclear site.

Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Directorate chief Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva said on Monday that Iran would soon start enriching at least a “symbolic” amount of uranium to 90%, although he added that it was unlikely to make a dash for the bomb.

Haliva warned that Tehran had made “significant progress” on its nuclear program, and that the international community would soon face its “greatest test” in preventing the Islamic Republic from obtaining a bomb.

Meanwhile, Sullivan also emphasized to Kochavi on Monday the importance of de-escalating tensions in Judea Samaria, and stressed that the Biden administration views a negotiated two-state solution as the best avenue to achieve a lasting peace with the Palestinians.

Sullivan added that Washington’s commitment to upholding Israel’s security remained “ironclad.”


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