Israel wary of importing Iran’s nuts


The United States has asked Israel to crack down on illegal imports of Iranian pistachio nuts.

Israeli Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon said Wednesday he had received a request from Washington to boost scrutiny on pistachios imported from Turkey, which are believed to include nuts from Iran.

Simhon agreed, though it remained unclear how Israel, which imports $26 million worth of pistachios a year, is meant to determine the nuts’ provenance.

The United States is spearheading international efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program through sanctions.

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