'Israel and US sharing intel on Iran'

Teams discuss Iran's destabilizing regional impact; Mofaz: Arms smuggling into Lebanon persists.

Iran nuclear new 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
Iran nuclear new 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
An Israeli team headed by Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz met Thursday with a US team headed by Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns to discuss the threats posed by Iran and Hizbullah. Israel said the sides agreed to set up two sub-groups, one focused on rallying support for sanctions against Iran and the other on sharing intelligence on Iran. The Israeli statement said the next talks would take place in January, in Israel. Prior to the meeting, Mofaz told reporters that arms smuggling into Lebanon was continuing apace, and that Hizbullah was stronger than it was before the 2006 war. He added that Iran had armed its Lebanese proxy with longer-range missiles. "The US and Israeli teams discussed Iran's destabilizing regional impact," a joint statement said afterwards. "They shared their latest assessments of Iran's nuclear program and diplomatic efforts underway to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The two governments also discussed the situation in Lebanon, including the need for full implementation of UNSC Resolution 1701 (the Security Council resolution that ended the war Hizbullah launched against Israel in 2006), and next steps in the international community's common efforts to prevent the rearming of Hizbullah."