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Opinion: Joe Biden: There's a smarter way to be tough on Iran

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., Friday Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Warning that Donald Trump's Iran policy "is a dangerous failure" that has worsened the threat to American security, Joe Biden spells out what he would do to contain Tehran and defend vital US interests if he wins the White House.

(CNN)When Donald Trump ran for President, he promised a "better deal" to constrain Iran's nuclear program and pledged to pressure Tehran into curbing its aggressive behavior across the Middle East.

At the United Nations, Trump could not rally a single one of America's closest allies to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran.

But there is a smart way to be tough on Iran, and there is Trump's way.

By any objective measure, Trump's "maximum pressure" has been a boon to the regime in Iran and a bust for America's interests.

Now -- because Trump let Iran off the hook from its obligations under the nuclear deal --Tehran's "breakout time" is down to just a few months.

The bottom line is that Iran is closer to a nuclear bomb today than it was when Donald Trump took office.

Instead of restoring deterrence, Trump has emboldened Iran.

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