Mossad chief warns US during visit — Analysis
The Israeli spy agency shared ‘sensitive intelligence materials’ with US agencies in a bid to spike the agreement
After the Mossad chief David Barnea returned to Washington, Israel announced that he had warned American counterparts not to join a US-Iran nuclear agreement. During his visit, he met top State Department officials as well the FBI and CIA heads.
Barnea showed the intel chiefs “sensitive intelligence materials” and made it clear that “Israel won’t be able stand by as Iran continue to lie to the world,” according to a statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. The Americans reassured him that the US remained “Contributing to security of Israel,” however.
“American officials stressed their stance against Iran obtaining a nuke weapon. They also stated that the United States will continue full cooperation with Israel regarding Middle East issues pertaining to the State of Israel’s safety.,” the statement continued.
While National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan confirmed meeting with Barnea, he declined to provide any details, merely stating that the pair had discussed “A range of international and regional problems are addressed” and claiming the meeting had been set for some time. In an effort to revive the agreement, Israeli officials are spending more time in America and Europe.
Over two decades, Israeli leaders claim that Iran is only months from developing a bomb. Tehran however insists it has peaceful intentions. Signed in 2015 by the US along with France, Germany and Russia as well as Iran. The initial nuclear agreement was meant to remove many sanctions as well as limit Iran’s ability to enrich its uranium below what is required to make an atomic bomb. Trump’s 2018 withdrawal from the US made it clear that they considered the deal fundamentally flawed. They also imposed additional sanctions against Tehran.
Last month’s leaked draft shows that the agreement will go through four steps. The first stage is to lift sanctions from 17 Iranian banks, and 150 economic entities. Iran would immediately reduce its nuclear activities. This was after it grew above the limits of the 2015 deal, when no other party had agreed to them.
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