US-Israel agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a “nuclear weapon” |...

US-Israel agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a “nuclear weapon” |...
US-Israel agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a “nuclear weapon” |...

The White House announced that “US and Israeli officials agreed that Iran’s rapid progress in its nuclear program poses a serious threat to the region and to international peace and security.”

The White House said, “US and Israeli officials discussed the need to confront all aspects of the Iranian threat, including the nuclear program, destabilizing activities, and support for terrorist proxy groups,” according to Reuters.

Earlier, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated that America and Israel are at a crossroads on various security issues. During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Sullivan added that a joint Israeli-American security vision must be developed.

Bennett’s office distributed a video of the meeting and said in a statement that their discussions dealt with Iran and the efforts of world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Bennett told Sullivan, “What happened in Vienna has profound repercussions on the stability of the Middle East and the security of Israel in the coming years,” referring to the negotiations that took place with Iran this month.

On Wednesday, Bennett held talks with Sullivan, focused on the Iranian file, and came after Israel renewed its opposition to reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement on Iran’s program.

Sullivan arrived in Israel late Tuesday, and later met with President Isaac Herzog, who expressed his “concern about the progress made towards Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons under the cover of the negotiations in Vienna,” his office confirmed.

Israel opposes the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the agreement negotiated between Tehran and the major powers, which allowed the lifting of many sanctions that were imposed on Tehran, in return for limiting its nuclear activities and ensuring the peace of its program.

Bennett called for a halt to negotiations that resumed last month, accusing Iran of “nuclear blackmail”.

Israel, which considers Iran its archenemy, fears that Tehran will soon be at the “nuclear threshold”, meaning that it will have enough fuel to produce an atomic bomb.

Sullivan’s visit was preceded by a senior US administration official making press statements, during which he said that Iran would “be at the top of the agenda” of the visit to Israel, during which he is scheduled to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank.

The chief US negotiator on Iran, Rob Malley, told CNN on Tuesday that there were only “a few weeks” left to save the deal if Tehran continued its nuclear activities at the current pace. “At that time, there will be no deal that can be revived,” he added.

Washington was one of the signatories to the agreement before former President Donald announced his withdrawal from it in 2018.

The administration of President Joe Biden has warned that it may be too late to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“It really depends on the pace of their (Iran’s) nuclear work,” Mali said, noting that “we will have more time if they stop the nuclear progress.”

Iran says it only wants to develop its civilian nuclear capability, but Western powers see its stockpile of enriched uranium well in excess of that and could be used to develop a nuclear weapon.

The White House had announced that Sullivan would visit Israel and the West Bank to consult on Iran and a host of other issues.

He added that apart from meeting the Israeli Prime Minister, Sullivan will visit Ramallah for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

This comes as the Israeli “Channel 13” reported that US President Joe Biden refused to respond to Israeli Prime Minister Bennett’s calls 3 weeks ago.

A press report also stated that the US President refuses to hold talks on the Iranian issue with the Israeli Prime Minister.

The channel revealed that Bennett’s office is trying to coordinate a phone call with Biden, but the White House has not responded to the Israeli request until this moment.

It is noteworthy that there is a difference in the views of both Washington and Tel Aviv on the Iranian nuclear file, while the US administration wants to return to the nuclear agreement, Israel believes that the international community must unite to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear project.

Last Thursday, the United States and Israel discussed at the Pentagon conducting joint military exercises to counter Iran’s nuclear ambitions, at a time when tough negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program resumed in Vienna.

The White House announced that the United States is working on preparing new steps towards Iran, which it will take in the event of the failure of negotiations on the nuclear file in Vienna.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that based on Iran’s position on the latest round of negotiations, President Joe Biden has instructed the national security team to be prepared for diplomacy to fail and to consider other options.

Psaki added that this work is in progress, and there are also consultations on this with many partners around the world.

Source: Al Arabiya.net

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