WASHINGTON – The United States never considered including Iran’s sponsoring of terrorism and calls for Israel’s annihilation into the nuclear agreement, a senior US administration said Monday. Israel knew this all along but decided to turn these issues into make-or-break conditions for support of the deal, the official told Israeli reporters.
Jerusalem’s insistence that any deal address these issues would have killed any prospects to reach an agreement, the senior official continued, adding that the conditions that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined in his March Congress speech made plain that Israel would object to any nuclear deal with Iran.
“This has been a nuclear negotiation for over two years with the P5+1 and Iran, with very vigorous consultations with successive Israeli governments about the details of that negotiation,” the senior official said, referring to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. “Frankly, in none of our conversations with Israel over the years about the Iran nuclear negotiations were we contemplating bringing in those other elements of Iranian behavior,” the official said. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞