Israel expects the current Vienna talks to end with the United States once again returning to the nuclear agreement concluded between the major powers and Iran in 2015, according to the US website Axios for senior Israeli intelligence officials.
Israeli military intelligence and senior Mossad officials briefed a Government security meeting Sunday that the Vienna talks between Iran and other world powers would lead to the return of the United States nuclear agreement in 2015, according to two officials attending the meeting.
The Israeli Government has expressed its deep concern about the return of the United States to the nuclear agreement and is trying to persuade US President Joe Biden's administration not to ease the policy of pressure on Iran, which was adopted by former US President Donald Trump during his presidential term.
According to Axios, Mossad officials also informed the government meeting about the status of Iran's nuclear program, and military intelligence officials discussed Iranian movements in the region.
Military intelligence and Mossad provided identical assessments of the Vienna talks.
A senior Israeli official who attended the meeting told Axios, "We are not very optimistic. We will not be surprised if the United States and other world powers sign a deal with Iran within weeks. "
Regarding the next step, Israeli officials told Axios that no decisions had been taken on the new policy to be adopted later during the meeting, and Israel would continue the dialogue with the Biden administration on the conduct of negotiations with Iran.
Over the next two weeks, Israeli National Security Adviser Mair bin Shabbat, Israeli Army Chief of Staff Aviv Kojave, Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Tamir Hayman and Mossad Director Yossi Cohen will visit Washington, D.C. for talks with their American counterparts on Iran, according to Axios.
For his part, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told Fox News Sunday that the Vienna talks with Iran were "constructive," and that there was a real effort to return to mutual compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Sullivan added that the United States would not lift the sanctions unless it had "clarity and confidence" that Iran would return fully to compliance with all its obligations under the 2015 agreement.