Israeli intelligence believes the Vienna talks will lead to a return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal


Israeli military intelligence and high-ranking Mossad officials explained a National Security Cabinet meeting that talks between Iran and other world powers in Vienna would lead the United States to return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Said two officials who attended the meeting to me.

Important reason: The Israeli government is very concerned about the return of the United States to the nuclear deal and is trying to persuade the Biden administration not to put pressure on it from the Iranian administration.

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News promotion: Mossad mainly explained to the Cabinet meeting the status of Iran’s nuclear program. Military intelligence officials discussed Iran’s actions in the region at a meeting.

What they are saying: “I’m not optimistic, to say the least, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the United States and other world powers sign an agreement with Iran within a few weeks,” said a senior Israeli official who attended the meeting.

  • National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Fox News Sunday that the talks between Vienna and Iran are “constructive” and there is a real effort to return to mutual compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Said.

  • Sullivan added that the United States will not lift sanctions unless there is “clarity and confidence” that Iran will fully return to compliance with all obligations under the 2015 agreement.

What’s next: Israeli officials told me that no new policy decisions were made at today’s cabinet meeting. Israel will continue its dialogue with the Biden administration on negotiations with Iran.

  • Over the next two weeks, Israeli Defense Forces National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbatt, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Israeli Military Intelligence Director Tamir Hayman, and Mossad Director Yossi Cohen will visit Washington to counter Iran. I will meet with the part.

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