Israeli officials told Axios that the US had toughened its stance on certain Iranian demands in its response to an EU proposal to revive the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.
Israeli National Security Advisor Eyal Hulata was in Washington this week, where he met with his counterpart, Jake Sullivan, and Brett McGurk, the top Middle East official on the National Security Council.
The US officials briefed Hulata on their planned response to Iran and the EU before it was submitted. When Hulata arrived in Washington, the Israeli government was worried that the US would soften its stance on Iran, but by the time he left, those concerns were eased.
The report said the US refused two key Iranian demands. One was the easing of sanctions on companies that do business with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is designated by the US as a “terrorist organization.”
Iran earlier dropped its demand to have the IRGC designation lifted, but Tehran wants companies that make transactions with the IRGC to not be subject to sanctions. But according to the Axios report, the US has refused this proposal.
The other demand was concerning investigations into traces of uranium at undeclared nuclear sites being conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Tehran reportedly wanted the investigation to stop as part of a deal to revive the JCPOA, but the US did not agree.
The third issue was over a guarantee that Iran wants if the US withdraws from the JCPOA again. Tehran wants international companies that start doing business in Iran to have a 2.5-year grace period if the US leaves the JCPOA and reimposes sanctions. The Israeli officials said that Iran would only receive this benefit if it remained in the deal for that time.
Tehran is still technically a party to the JCPOA even though the US left in 2018. Because the US reimposed sanctions, Iran’s nuclear program is no longer bound by the JCPOA limits. But the requirement for the sanctions waiver would likely be that Iran must stay within those strict limits for the 2.5-year period.
On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that Israel’s pressure has worked and influenced the US response to the EU proposal. “The Americans accepted a large part of the things that we wanted them to include in the drafts,” Lapid said.
Iran is currently reviewing the US response, and Iranian officials haven’t said much about its contents. But the fact that Israel seems happy with the US response signals that it might not be enough sanctions relief for Iran to agree.
27 thoughts on “Israeli Officials Say US Toughened Its Stance in Response to Iran Deal Proposal”
The United States of Israel…!
Reminds me of that joke I heard from Ray Mcgovern. When an Israeli official was asked about becoming the 51st state of the US, he thought about it for awhile and said ”Thanks, but no thanks.” When asked why he gave that answer he replied ”Because, then we would *only* have two seats in Congress!”
Haven’t laughed that hard in a while, thanks!
No problem, happy to make this story seem a little less bleak. :3
He brought me here, also consortium news, showed me scott ritter, and caitlin johnstone! He’s amazing :3
Caitlin’s my absolute fave 😊
Mine too, my first article from her was entitled ‘There is major fuckery at the Washington Post and I think I know why’ – Instantly hooked. I even changed my fb name to cyrillic after she made that poem called ‘Get Russian’ lol
Thanks for the word-tip: fuckery. I’m going to try and use it in as many sentences as I can….
Donna you GOTTA start getting Caitlin in your inbox!!!
Right on TBL!
I’m still laughing!
You get the prize for the day! 😉
I’m just about sick and tired of it!
Or as Wars once said, “(insert name of US congressperson) D, Israel”.
And there are scores of them. I’d say send them to the quasi-nation they so vigorously support, but they’d just steal more Palestinian land.
US is distancing itself from Israel in these final and crucial days:
US ‘rejects request for Lapid-Biden call’ as Israel makes last-minute attempts to kill JCPOA revival talks
I’ll believe it when I see it.
My wish came true! “Israeli minister for military affairs, Benny Gantz, will also reportedly not meet with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during his visit to Washington on Thursday, since Austin too has apparently left the city. ” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Guess ol’ Benny’ll have to settle for all of Congress to line up and bend over for him.
What is the word for that?… Prostrate?…
I should like to add that Benny Gantz sounds like a gangster type of dude but he could also be a ‘mama’s boy’…
All politics are local, right? Ergo, Biden will not return to the JCPOA before the midterm elections and then there will be 2024.
“The US officials briefed Hulata on their planned response to Iran and the EU before it was submitted.”
In other words, they asked permission.
Maybe the Israelis will try conventional bombs first.
Maybe but I wouldn’t bet my lunch on it…. ;-}
Gee, Us refuses to lift sanctions… Wasn’t that the whole point of returning to the deal for Iran? And yet we were told over and over for a year and a half that “the deal was done except for a little quibble here and there”.
Just stop bothering us with these stories, please. It’s all bullshit.
How embarrassing, mossad must have videos of Biden and his team doing sordid stuff on paedo island.
Watching our No.1 Welfare Queen throwing any available obstacle into the path of the U.S. coming back into the JCPOA makes me wonder just how long it will go on before some figure arrives and puts an end to the racket. Or has this whole democracy package been corrupted beyond any democratic repair and require a sword to sever all the Gordian strads of corruption that ensnare and constrain any path to honest, democratic and representative governance for we Americans, devoid of pernicious extractive nonAmerican influences and entities
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