State Department official: US looking forward to ‘positive’ talks with new Israeli gov’t on Iran

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

A senior State Department official says the US is looking forward to ‘positive discussions’ with the new Israeli government on the Iran nuclear file.

In a briefing with reporters, the official says that Washington recognizes that the new government, like the last one, has a difference of opinion regarding US plans to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal.

However, the official insists that the sides respect one another and share the same goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

The official also speculated that the Iranian nuclear file would be raised during Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Rome on Sunday.

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