U.S., Israel meet to discuss Iran


Israel and the United States confirmed that they are holding high-level talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

U.S. officials told JTA that John Rood, the assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation, flew to Israel for the negotiations Sunday night. Rood is meeting with Foreign Ministry Director Aharon Abramowitz, as well as officials from the Israeli defense ministry, the Mossad and the Foreign Ministry’s Strategic Affairs Department, according to Ha’aretz.

The talks will likely focus on the new National Intelligence Estimate, which asserts that Iran ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003, and on a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution for additional sanctions against Iran.

Israeli officials told Ha’aretz that they plan to give Rood their most up-to-date information about Iran’s nuclear program.

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