Israel May Pursue Own Path Regarding Iran Nuke Program; Zarif Says Sanctions Must be Lifted Before Talks; Erdogan Sees Window of Opportunity for U.S., Iran; Tehran Working with North Korea on Ballistic Missile Program; House Republicans, Dissidents Urge Biden Not to Lift Sanctions

Israel may not engage with U.S. President Joe Biden on strategy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Israel is urging tougher sanctions and a “credible military threat.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is running for re-election in April, has revived his hard line against Iran. The new U.S. administration has said it wants to return to the 2015 deal with Iran. Reported by Reuters. Read more… Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, says the U.S. must lift sanctions if it wants to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal. Reported by U.S. News and World Report. Read more… Meanwhile, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan reportedly told Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, that he saw a window of opportunity for Iran and the United States. Erdogan also said that he wanted to see sanctions on Iran lifted. Reported by Yahoo News. Read more… Iran is also again working with North Korea to develop a long-range ballistic missile. Some experts say that if the joint rogue nations’ efforts are successful, the missiles could hit the U.S. mainland. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Meanwhile, House Republicans are urging President Biden not to lift sanctions on Iran, calling it an “historic mistake” because Iran poses an “ever-imminent threat to American democracy and national security.” Reported by Fox News. Read more… The Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) also urged the Biden administration to remain strong and keep the pressure on Iran, saying the regime in Tehran is at its “weakest point in history.” Reported by Fox News. Read more… And a new report by the Washington Post says that former Secretary of State John Kerry had secret meetings with Iranian Foreign Ministers Javad Zarif during the Trump administrations. The report says the meetings were to undermine former president Donald Trump’s hardline stance against Tehran. Robert Malley also met with Zarif. Both Kerry and Malley are members of the Biden administration. Reported by Fox News. Read more…