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Biden threatens Iran with isolation

US Vice President Joe Biden renews western accusations against Iran’s nuclear program, which he alleged could trigger an “arms race” in the Middle East.

“Iran’s nuclear program violates its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and risks sparking a nuclear arms race in the Middle East,” said Biden, at the start of a European tour in Brussels on Thursday.

“Tehran faces a stark choice; abide by international rules and rejoin the community of responsible nations, which we hope for, or face further consequences and increasing isolation,” AFP quoted Biden as saying.

Washington accuses Tehran of pursuing a military nuclear program — a claim strongly rejected by the Islamic Republic.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has conducted the largest amount of inspection in the history of the body on Iran’s nuclear program, has not found any evidence to support such a claim.

Tehran, which is a member of the IAEA and a signatory to the NPT, has repeatedly declared that its nuclear program is solely aimed at the peaceful applications of the technology.

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