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Concerns over Tehran's possible acquisition of nuclear weapons

According to Axios, citing three senior Israeli officials, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reactivated working groups focused on Iran's nuclear program two weeks ago.

According to the report, this task force is made up of members of the Israeli defense apparatus, the Foreign Ministry and the intelligence services. They work under the direction of the National Security Council and a Mossad-led team to examine Iran's nuclear program, particularly its possible weapons activities.

Axios, citing an Israeli official, reported that another team led by Israel's domestic intelligence and security service, the Shin Bet, is tasked with preventing the Iranian regime's infiltration operations into Israeli society, which is have multiplied over the past year.

Two former Israeli officials involved in the process said Netanyahu had not seriously addressed the Iranian nuclear issue since returning to power in December 2022, first focusing on judicial reforms and later becoming entangled in the Iran conflict. Gaza.

Axios writes, citing these officials, that some former senior Israeli defense officials close to Netanyahu, having obtained new information about Iran's nuclear activities in recent months, have raised concerns with the prime minister and his team. , warning against neglecting this issue.

Two other Israeli officials and two U.S. officials told Axios that Israel and the United States are concerned that Iran will intensify its nuclear weaponization efforts in the weeks leading up to the U.S. presidential election.

These officials also believe that Iranian leaders could attempt to use the transition period after the U.S. election to acquire nuclear weapons.

A U.S. official, citing reports from the U.S. intelligence community, said Iran was not yet seeking nuclear weapons, but its provocative nuclear activities in recent months had created numerous challenges.

Iran's nuclear program is said to have been discussed in recent meetings between Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in Washington with White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of State Lloyd Austin Defense.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has repeatedly assured that Iran “will never acquire a nuclear weapon”.

In this context, two teams from the United States and Israel are expected to hold a joint meeting in July to discuss Iran and its regime.

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