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US said to raise with Israel proposed interim deal with Iran

National Security Council chairman Eyal Hulata (L) and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in front of the White House on October 5, 2021. (Jake Sullivan/Twitter)
National Security Council chairman Eyal Hulata (L) and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in front of the White House on October 5, 2021. (Jake Sullivan/Twitter)

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan floated to his Israeli counterpart Eyal Hulata the prospect of an interim agreement with Iran to allow more time for nuclear talks, the Axios news site reports.

A pair of American sources cited in the report say Sullivan and Hulata were just “brainstorming,” and that the proposal was suggested by an unspecified European ally of the US.

The US sources say that proposal was for Iran to suspend a barred nuclear activity such as enriching uranium to 60 percent, in exchange for the US and allied countries releasing some frozen Iranian money, or issuing sanctions waivers on humanitarian goods.

An unnamed Israeli official cited in the report says Hulata told Sullivan he didn’t think it was a good idea and that Israel’s concern is that any interim agreement could become permanent, allowing Iran to maintain the nuclear infrastructure and supply of uranium it has built up.

In a separate call with Sullivan yesterday, Hulata said the US and its European allies must push to censure Iran at next week’s meeting of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, according to the report.

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