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US official visits Israel to discuss future ‘pressure’ on Iran

US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen
US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen
Press TV – June 4, 2012

The US Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence has traveled to Israel ahead of the upcoming talks between Iran and the P5+1 to discuss future “pressures” on Tehran.

“If we don’t get a breakthrough in Moscow, there is no question we will continue to ratchet up the pressure,” Reuters quoted David Cohen as saying during his visit to Israel.

Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) wrapped up their latest round of talks in Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on May 24. The two sides agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow on June 18-19.

“We have today and over the past years had very close cooperation with the Israeli government across a range of our sanctions programs,” Cohen said.

“We will continue to consult with the Israelis,” he added.

Over the past months, Israel has constantly called for tougher sanctions against Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

On May 25, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran must be forced to halt its nuclear energy program through tougher sanctions and stiffer demands.

The Israeli news service Ynet reported on March 1 that an Israeli official has urged the West to impose “suffocating sanctions” against Tehran, which “could lead to a grave economic situation in Iran and to a shortage of food.”

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has on numerous occasions refuted the allegations. In addition, the International Atomic Energy Agency, in its numerous inspections in Iran, has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted towards nuclear weapons production.

June 4, 2012 - Posted by | Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Wars for Israel | , , ,

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