Biden Photographed Holding ‘Classified’ Folder

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — This gaffe won’t remain classified.

Vice President Joe Biden was photographed during a White House event featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama holding a classified folder for the world to see.

The photograph captures Biden holding a folder marked “Codeword,” “Classified Document,” and “Vice President.”

During Monday’s meeting between Netanyahu and Obama, the Israeli prime minister implored the White House to continue punishing sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program.

“If diplomacy is to work, those pressures must be kept in place,” Netanyahu said.

Obama spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by phone Friday, marking the first direct conversation between a U.S. and Iranian leader in more than three decades.

“Our hope is that we can resolve this diplomatically,” Obama said. “But as president of the United States, as I’ve said before and I will repeat, that we take no options off the table, including military options.”

Obama has long called for a diplomatic resolution to Iran’s nuclear program.

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