Israel’s Oren Hazan, Iran’s Mohammad Reza Pourdastan and Jordan’s Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad al-Khalil join forces in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) Israel’s prime minister and the Israeli president announced Sunday they had joined forces in the capital to try to revive peace talks between Iran and the West.

The announcement was made as the U.S. and European Union moved to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

Iran’s foreign minister said the two leaders agreed to continue dialogue and work toward achieving a peaceful nuclear agreement.

The three-day talks in Jerusalem have been hampered by the U-turn of Iran over the past two weeks by the United States and Israel.

Israel has also been unable to reach a deal with the Palestinians and Iran’s allies over its disputed nuclear program that has alarmed both the West and Tehran.

Iran says its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes and the international community believes the Islamic republic is pursuing only peaceful means to develop nuclear power.

Israel’s defense minister said Sunday the new alliance was the biggest since the 1970s and would help Israel defend itself.

The defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, said the new agreement will provide Israel with the means to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions and secure Israel’s borders.

Israel and Iran have had an uneasy relationship since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which ousted the U,S.

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Iran is accused of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad in his bloody civil war and has denied it is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon.