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Israel, US said to discuss ‘plan B’ if Iran nuclear talks don’t resume

US President Joe Biden meets with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2021. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)
US President Joe Biden meets with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2021. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

Israeli and US officials held secret talks last week to discuss a “plan B” in case of nuclear talks with Iran aren’t renewed, the Walla news site reports.

Citing two unnamed Israeli officials, the report says the secure video meeting was the first time the bilateral strategic group aimed at collaborating on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the new Israeli government took office in June.

Leading the talks were US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, his Israeli counterpart Eyal Hulata and diplomatic officials from both countries.

The Israelis reportedly stressed the side to move forward with plans due to the stalled nuclear talks, feeling Iran is seeking to draw the talks out while advancing with its nuclear program.

An Israeli official quoted in the report says the main message from the US was that if the nuclear talks don’t resume soon, the Biden administration will impose further sanctions on Iran.

The report comes as Iranian and European officials say the negotiations are expected to resume soon in Vienna.

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