PRESIDENT Joe Biden says not "on my watch" when it comes to Iran developing nuclear weapons while meeting with the outgoing Israeli president.
"What I can say to you, Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch, as they say," Biden said in the Oval Office on Monday.
Biden was speaking with outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the White House about current nuclear advancements made by Iran and how the US was responding to such reports.
New reports indicate US troops in Syria were under fire after the US led airstrikes the night before on pro-Iran militias in Syria and Iraq.
Although he didn't address those reports, Biden did say: "I directed last night’s airstrikes targeting sites used by the Iranian-backed militia groups responsible for recent attacks on US personnel in Iraq."
"I have that authority under Article II [of the Constitution] and even those up in the Hill who are reluctant to acknowledge that have acknowledged that’s the case," he added.
Biden is being pressured by Congressional Democrats to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which former president Donald Trump pulled out of .
Israel and the US have worked together to slow down Iran's nuclear program, including efforts to destroy their stockpiles.
Biden was meeting with Rivlin ahead of Naftali Bennett's come into power after he won the election over current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"I’m looking forward to hosting Prime Minister Bennett at the White House very soon," said Biden.
"And the US fully supports the normalization of the relationship between Israel and Middle Eastern countries that you’re making some headway on, and in Africa as well and beyond."
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