US 'continuously' briefing Israel from Iran talks

Chief US negotiators briefed Israel's national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, before departure for final round.

June 30, 2015 21:15
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US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and counterparts

US Secretary of State John Kerry - seen through a hotel chandelier - and his advisers sit with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and their counterparts in Vienna. (photo credit: STATE DEPARTMENT)

VIENNA - American diplomats currently negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program in Austria have been in constant communication with their Israeli counterparts.

A senior United States official told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that Wendy Sherman, US President Barack Obama's chief negotiator with Iran, "spoke in a secure call with [Israeli National Security Advisor] Yossi Cohen last week."

"And experts have remained in continuous communication," the official continued.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon have criticized the emerging deal with Iran in recent days.

They warn that the deal - which seeks to cap, restrict, monitor and partially roll back Iran's nuclear program for a finite period - will ultimately legitimize Iran's nuclear program in the short-term, endorse its expansion in the long-term, and secure the Islamic Republic government in Iran for good.

The Obama administration says they will only agree to a deal with Iran which guarantees they cannot obtain a nuclear weapon. And the US team says their talks strictly concern the nuclear file.

The nuclear talks have entered a critical stage, with all parties in agreement that a final deal should be concluded by July 7.

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