Don't trust Rouhani’s charm offensive, Lauder tells Biden

WASHINGTON – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder met with US Vice President Joseph Biden in Washington, DC, on Tuesday in order to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions and rising anti-Semitism around the world.

Lauder conveyed world Jewry's deep concerns about a nuclear-armed Iran at the private, hour-long breakfast meeting, which took place at Biden's official residence at the Naval Observatory. Following years of failed negotiations with Iran, Lauder warned the Administration not to trust the current charm offensive of Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani. The WJC president underlined that Tehran must comply fully with all UN Security Council resolutions regarding its nuclear program.

Biden pledged to work closely with Lauder on these issues. The Vice President reaffirmed America's commitment to Israel's security and strongly reassured Lauder that Iran would face deep and ongoing scrutiny as America probed Iranian intentions about the nuclear program.

"The Vice President was truly receptive to concerns about the Iranian threat and pledged to ensure that all conditions and requirements are met," Lauder said. "I look forward to working closely with him as the negotiations unfold."

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