1NEWS – Top US officials informed their Israeli counterparts on Tuesday (5/10) that the Biden administration remains committed to diplomacy with Iran.
But if necessary, the US will be prepared to pursue “other avenues” to ensure Tehran does not acquire nuclear weapons.
“A visit to Washington by Israel’s national security adviser, Eyal Hulata, will allow the two allies to share intelligence and develop a “basic assessment” of how far Tehran’s nuclear program has advanced, the official said.
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Under the 2015 deal, Iran curbed its uranium enrichment program, a possible pathway to nuclear weapons, in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
US President Donald Trump walked out of the deal in 2018 and the Israeli government opposed US efforts to revive it.
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The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said US experts believed the time it would take Iran to reach a nuclear “breakout” – uranium enriched enough to build a nuclear bomb – had “changed from about 12 months to a period of about a few months” since Trump withdrew. of the pact.
“Obviously it’s quite worrying,” the official told reporters ahead of Hulata’s talks with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
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Iran has consistently denied it is developing nuclear weapons.
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