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Israel denies spying on US-Iran n-talks

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Jerusalem, March 24: A senior Israeli official on Tuesday denied allegations that it spied on closed-door negotiations between the US and other world powers over a nuclear deal with Iran. “The allegations are utterly false,” a senior official from the prime minister’s office told Xinhua news agency on condition of anonymity. “Israel does not conduct espioge against the United States or Israel’s other allies.” The denial followed a Wall Street Jourl report on Tuesday that Israel acquired confidential information on the nuclear talks in order to help Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu build a case against the emerging deal. Such allegations were intended “to undermine the strong ties between the United States and Israel, and the security and intelligence relationship we share”, the official said. The P5+1 group of world powers, mely the US, Russia, Chi, France, Britain, plus Germany, have been negotiating for a deal with Tehran to limit Iran’s nuclear programme. However, hardliner Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu believes that the potential deal “could threaten the survival of Israel”, arguing that diplomatic manoeuvres cannot stop Iran’s alleged ambition to get nuclear bombs. The polarised views of President Barack Obama and Netanyahu over Iran’s nuclear programme have soured relations between the US and Israel. The relations between the long-time allies have been further strained recently, after Netanyahu’s announced ahead of the Israeli parliamentary elections that he withdrew his support for a two-state solution with the Palestinians. (IANS)

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