Israeli official says deal may reduce Iran's nuclear threat

Israeli official sees positive side of nuclear deal with Iran while Netanyahu still considers it threat

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

A senior Israeli military officer said on Thursday an international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme can be potentially beneficial for Israel’s security, according to reports from closed door meetings.

It comes as an unexpected evaluation of a possible deal as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has considered it as a threat to Israel.

A close-door briefing published by local media and an official speaking to Reuters stated, if June 30 deadline is agreed, it will clarify whether Iran is on course to produce nuclear bomb.

Iran, which has been subject to sanctions by western powers for years, denies having any intention to develop nuclear weapons and insists it only wants to develop nuclear energy.

Current demands of the international negotiators such as increased inspections and reduction of Iran’s nuclear enrichment capability “allow for the supposition that, in the coming period of years, this is a threat in decline," the Israeli official said.

So far, Israeli government has claimed that Iran’s nuclear programme will threaten Israel’s survival, considering Iran as an armed-enemy with bomb-making potential.

Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon told the Washington Post on Wednesday “The deal is going to allow Iran to actually become a military nuclear threshold state ... whether it be [in] 10 years or whatever.’’

On March 4, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke pre-election protocol and travelled to Washington to address Congress on the ongoing nuclear talks, warning against a deal which could see Iran develop nuclear weapons.

Iran reached a tentative deal with the powers on April 2 to allow UN inspectors to carry out more intrusive, short-notice inspections under an "Additional Protocol" to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

TRTWorld and agencies