Former Chief of IDF Intelligence Alarmed by Inclusion of Intel Sharing in Iran-China Pact

Middle East

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif characterised the 25-year Iran-China Strategic Partnership Agreement signed on Saturday as a “historic” pact which provides a “strategic roadmap” for relations between the two nations. Publicised details about the agreement have been limited, leading to concerned speculation in Washington and elsewhere.

Israel has reason to be concerned with the strategic cooperation agreement signed by Iran and China, particularly its section about military cooperation, Israeli Air Force general (ret.) and former Israel Defence Forces Military Intelligence Directorate chief Amos Yadlin has said.

The former commander said intelligence cooperation, along with joint military drills and military research and development, were problematic for Tel Aviv, particularly as Beijing continues to support Tehran diplomatically in its Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement-related spat with Washington.

“On the one hand, China opposes Iran having a nuclear bomb, but on the other, it’s not helping to stop it. Iran, too, needs the political protection in which China would stop the United States from pressuring it. The Chinese understand that the Biden administration is not the Trump administration and can be much more aggressive,” Yadlin said.

The joint statement by Iran and China on the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement does not go into detail on…

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