Senior Israeli officials fear the United States is preparing to relaunch the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran without strengthening it, according to a new report.
Israeli officials were dismayed by an interview with US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley on Friday with PBS NewsHour, in which he discussed the return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action without emphasizing the lengthening. of the period before restrictions on Iranian nuclear policy were relaxed and then ended, according to the Jerusalem Post.
A senior Israeli official told the newspaper: “If this is US policy, we are worried.”
Former President Trump announced in May 2018 the withdrawal of the United States from the deal with Iran.
The interview “raised eyebrows” among top Israeli officials, the source told The Jerusalem Post, because “in the past, the Biden administration has spoken of a” longer and stronger “deal – as s ‘they were looking for something else – and they are not. [in the Malley interview]. It’s about going back to the 2015 agreement.
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“Nowhere in the entire interview does Malley say that the goal is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” the source told the newspaper. “Nowhere does he accuse the Iranians of any bad behavior… Nowhere in the interview does he speak of the importance of consultations with American allies in the region.
The source noted that restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities are gradually being phased out over the next decade. He said Malley was overly concerned about Iran, equating the United States with the Islamic Republic.
“He acts as if he is from the UN, claiming that the two sides distrust each other,” the official said.
“Is it fair to say that the burden is equal on both sides, or do you consider Iran to have the greatest burden of proof here?” host Judy Woodruff asked Malley on Friday.
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“I’m not looking at it one way or another. I think it’s a question of whether both sides can take the necessary steps to get back into compliance,” Malley said. He added: “When there is an understanding that both parties are comfortable with, that is where there will be an agreement.”
The State Department could not be reached immediately for comment.
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