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Nikki Haley: Any new Iran nuke deal should include Israel, Arab nations

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent

Former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during a press conference at the Essex House Hotel in Manhattan on September 21, 2022. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)
Former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during a press conference at the Essex House Hotel in Manhattan on September 21, 2022. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)

NEW YORK — Former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says the US should only consider another nuclear agreement with Iran if it is negotiated with Israel and neighboring Arab states as well.

Speaking at a press conference blocks away from the UN headquarters in Manhattan, former president Donald Trump’s UN envoy says “it doesn’t make sense that you’re doing this just with America and the Europeans.”

The nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was negotiated by China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US, the EU and Iran.

Trump pulled out of the 2015 agreement, which traded sanctions relief for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

US President Joe Biden has sought to revive the deal, a strategy Haley vehemently opposes.

“We’ve got to make sure that Israel has a voice and the Arab countries who have dealt with the terrorism that Iran has spewed for too long. They need to have a voice only then will we hold Iran accountable,” she says.

Haley also lambasts Biden for signing off on a visa to allow Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to address the UN General Assembly earlier today.

Asked by The Times of Israel why Trump signed off on visas for former Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to speak before the UNGA during his tenure, Haley says Raisi is more dangerous than his predecessor.

She cited recent assassination attempts of civilians on US soil allegedly directed by Iranian authorities.

“This is, is not even similar,” she says, adding that the US must act before someone is killed.

Haley then asserts that “Iranian terrorists know the easiest way to get into America is through the [US] southern border.

“They’re not doing anything about the southern border… and they’re allowing Raisi to come speak in New York City. It’s not if, it’s when there’s going to be a terrorist attack,” she warns.

“Then are we going to go in and acknowledge that we shouldn’t even have been talking to them about an Iran deal? What’s it going to take? How many people have to die before we suddenly say, ‘okay, maybe Iran is bad?'”

In July, Haley indicated that she plans to run for president in 2024, telling a Christians United For Israel gala that if Biden reenters the JCPOA, “I’ll make you a promise… the next President will shred it – on her first day in office.”

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