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Biden: Iran sanctions most effective in history

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JOSH LEDERMAN | September 30, 2013 04:36 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden says U.S.-led sanctions against Iran have been the most effective sanctions regime ever.

Biden says Iran has a choice. He says Iran can suffer deepening economic sanctions or negotiate its way back into the global community and economy.

He says the U.S. doesn't know whether Iran is willing to do what's necessary to resolve concerns about its nuclear program.

Biden spoke Monday to J Street, a group promoting a two-state solution for the Israel-Palestinian conflict, shortly after he and President Barack Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) at the White House.

Biden says this moment may offer the best opportunity for Israeli-Palestinian peace. He says that's because both sides want a moderate, sustainable outcome as security in the broader Middle East deteriorates.