The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel chairs a cabinet meeting at prime minister’s office in Jerusalem Sunday on June 18 2023
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he opposes any interim agreement reportedly being negotiated between the U.S. and Iran over its nuclear program.
Netanyahu spoke after reports in Israeli media said understandings are being reached between Washington and Tehran that would seek to hold back Iran’s nuclear program somewhat, in exchange for some sanctions relief.The assertions could not be independently verified by the United States. has publicly denied any such deal. For More Information…..
Netanyahu said that Israel had told the United States. that “the most limited understandings, what are termed ‘mini-agreements’, do not – in our view – serve the goal and we are opposed to them as well.”
The Israeli site Walla last week reported
that under the emerging understandings Iran would limit its uranium enrichment to 60% in exchange for sanctions relief. The site also said the sides were discussing reciprocal prisoner releases.
State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said last week “there is no deal,” adding that the reports were untrue.
In its report, Walla said Netanyahu had revealed details of the agreement at a recent parliamentary committee meeting. The U.S. and Israel share intelligence and a prime focus of the countries’ interactions is Iran and its nuclear program.
Obama’s administration mediated an agreement in 2015 to limit Iran’s nuclear program which Netanyahu angrily rejected. He was a strong advocate for President Donald Trump’s 2018 decision to renegotiate the agreement, which left it in ruins.
Iran says its program is meant for civilian purposes. Israel considers a nuclear Iran as a major threat, citing its calls for Israel’s destruction and its support for anti-Israel militant groups across the region.
According to Israel it is not totally clear if it supports using force to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.