Israeli official: Biden told Mossad director U.S. isn’t close to returning to Iran deal

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President Biden told the director of Israel’s foreign intelligence service, Yossi Cohen, on Friday that the U.S. has a long way to go in talks with Iran before it agrees a return to full compliance of the 2015 nuclear deal, per a senior Israeli official briefed on the talks.

State of play: Cohen, who has been director of the Mossad since 2016, laid out Israel’s position on the issue, telling Biden it would be a mistake for the U.S. to return to the deal without improving it first. Biden assured Cohen that the U.S. will continue to seek Israel’s input in the future.

Between the lines: A representative for the U.S. Public safety Gathering said Cohen’s gathering at the White House Friday was with counsel Jake Sullivan and other public safety authorities. The representative said Biden “came around to communicate sympathies for the misfortune at Mount Meron.”

Yet, a senior Israeli authority questioned that depiction, saying the gathering Between the Mossad chief and U.S. president wasn’t “a drop in,” and was not associated with the Mount Meron rush, however was a pre-planned gathering explicitly with the president to talk about Iran.

The gathering occurred on Friday before early afternoon, just after the call among Biden and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, during which Biden gave sympathies for the catastrophe.

The gathering endured around 60 minutes, the Israeli authority said. Cohen was the solitary individual to go to it from the Israeli side. Biden, Sullivan and CIA chief Bill Consumes went to from the U.S. side.

The White House declined further remark on the story.

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