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May 29, 2012 10:08 am

Washington and Jerusalem Differ on Demands of Iran in Nuclear Negotiations

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Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in nuclear talks with Iran. Photo: wiki commons.

There are gaps between the positions of the Israeli prime minister and the White House on negotiations with Iran, sources in Jerusalem said on Sunday.

The remarks were made following the official visit of U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman in Israel over the weekend to discuss regional developments, Israel Hayom reported. Sherman, who serves as head of the U.S. negotiating team for nuclear talks with Iran, traveled to Israel with officials from the White House’s National Security Council and met on Saturday night with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s National Security Adviser Ya’akov Amidror.

According to a senior official in Jerusalem, the Israeli position presented at the meeting required that the three conditions initially set by Israel be executed all at once: the dismantling of the nuclear site in Qom, the cessation of all uranium enrichment, and the removal of all enriched material from Iran. However, these are not the same demands the world superpowers made to Iran, according to the official.

“This is not the position that was presented by the superpowers in talks with Iran,” he said. “The Iranians did not concede to anything and just earned time.”

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