Israel approves U.S. request to cut military aid to Iran
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Israel has approved the United States’ request to reduce military aid for Iran and has asked the U.N. Security Council to hold talks with Tehran on its nuclear program, the Israeli government said on Wednesday.
The request comes as Israel and Washington continue to disagree on Iran’s nuclear program.
The Security Council is set to hold a meeting on Thursday.
Israel, the United Kingdom and France all opposed the Obama administration’s agreement to reduce the number of U.A.E. troops and their support for Israel, which was endorsed by President Trump last month.
The U.K. and France are leading the push to have U.C.N.-led sanctions on Iran lifted, while the United Nations has imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran.
The Israeli government is pressing the Security Council not to lift sanctions, and it said it was ready to resume the talks.
“We hope that the Security Committee will have the courage to act,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
The United States has also called on Israel to stop supporting Iran, but it has not made a public statement on the U:S.
Iran and its allies in the region say Israel’s support for Iran is fueling the country’s nuclear ambitions.
The Obama administration, in its deal with Iran, eased restrictions on the flow of oil, but not uranium enrichment, and eased some sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
U.s. officials have said they want the deal to continue.
Unease about Iran’s intentions is not new.
The Israelis have long suspected that Tehran is trying to build nuclear weapons, a view shared by the U., which has said that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear capabilities.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it “does not expect any changes” in the United Arab Emirates’ policy regarding Iran.
Israel has approved the United States’ request to reduce military aid for Iran and has asked the U.N. Security Council…