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Joe Biden meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the Oval Office on Monday, June 28, 2021. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden assured Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during talks at the White House Monday evening that he won't allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon during his time in office.

Why it matters: The United States' already struggling effort to resurrect the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was made more complicated by last week's election of hardliner Ebrahim Raisi to the Iranian presidency.

  • This is also a point of contention between Israel and the U.S., with the former largely opposing the revival of the deal and the former supporting it.

The big picture: During their meeting, Biden reiterated that the U.S.' commitment to Israel and its self defense is "iron-clad" and "unwavering."

  • Biden added that he was eager to meet newly-elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett soon and told Rivlin that he supported the normalization agreements between Israel and other countries in the region.
  • Biden also spoke of last weekend's airstrikes on Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq and Syria, to "underscore that he would remain tough on malign Iran activity," according to AP.

What they're saying: "What I can say to you is that Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch," Biden said.

  • Rivlin spoke of the friendship and shared values between Israel and the U.S., while acknowledging that the two sometimes disagree.

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Inside Biden's full-court press with France

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (second from right) meets with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (third from left) in Paris on Tuesday. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden knows his administration messed up with French President Emmanuel Macron and is scrambling to make amends, three sources familiar with the internal deliberations told Axios.

Why it matters: The White House's secret deal with Australia last month left the French feeling betrayed and blindsided, and furious about the loss of a $60 billion submarine contract. Secretary of State Tony Blinken visited Macron on Tuesday; national security adviser Jake Sullivan is on his way to Paris too.

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U.S. envoy to visit Sudan as "most dangerous" crisis intensifies

The sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty

U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.