Earlier, current and former US officials told a major news agency that Washington was considering a ‘near wholesale rollback’ of sanctions against Tehran to end the months-long standoff about which side makes the first move to restore the functioning of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement.
Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen has called the JCPOA a “bad deal” and warned that Israel is willing to take military action to stop Tehran in its alleged quest to obtain a nuclear weapon.
“A bad deal will send the region spiraling into war,” Cohen said, speaking to Reuters on Thursday. “Anyone seeking short-term benefits should be mindful of the longer-term.”
Cohen went on to suggest that along with preventing Iran from expanding its uranium enrichment and missile development capabilities, the US and other powers should force it to stop “destabilizing other countries” and funding militant groups. The minister did not elaborate regarding which countries he had in mind.
Cohen’s comments come following a report saying that US negotiators were prepared to make concessions in the diplomatic standoff with Tehran and to terminate a range of anti-Iran sanctions signed during the Trump administration after it withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018. The reported shift in policy comes after months of US demands that Iran significantly reduce its nuclear enrichment activities before…