Senior US official to visit Israel to discuss Iran deal

US Treasury official travels to Israel this week to discuss Iran nuclear deal

Photo by: US Department of Defense
Photo by: US Department of Defense

Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin

Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Adam Szubin, will travel to Israel this week to discuss the Iran nuclear deal with senior Israeli officials, the Treasury Department said on Thursday.

Szubin will travel to Israel from Friday through Monday, the Treasury said in a statement. This will be his first visit to the country since the Iranian nuclear deal was signed on July 14.

Szubin will discuss the details of the nuclear deal in Israel and "emphasize the United States' commitment to increasing cooperation with Israel to combat Iran's support for terrorism and other destabilising activity in the region," the Treasury said.

A Treasury spokesperson said, Szubin will meet with Dore Gold, director-general of Israel's Foreign Ministry, National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, among other officials.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been one of the most vocal critics of the historic deal.

Netanyahu says with the sanctions relief, the deal will bring Tehran an excessive surplus in financial abilities, that could help fund regional conflicts, while not doing enough to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

Netanyahu described the nuclear agreement with Iran as a "historic mistake" which would pave the way for the country to produce nuclear weapons.

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter had started his Middle East tour after the nuclear deal in July, his first visit was to Israel’s Tel Aviv, where he was warmly welcomed by his Israeli counterpart.

Carter met Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon at Israel’s defence headquarters, followed by a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Carter said that the option of military action to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons is still on the table, despite the nuclear agreement sealed with the country last week. Carter’s comments were likely made in an effort to calm Israel, the main US ally in the Middle East.




TRTWorld and agencies