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Israeli officials refuse to meet US envoy after Baghdad talks
US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman
US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman
Sat May 26, 2012 12:28PM
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The rift between Washington and Tel Aviv over Iran's nuclear issue has widened as the Israeli premier and defense minister refuse to meet with US Undersecretary of State.


On Friday, May 25, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak refused to meet with the top US negotiator on Iran in Baghdad Wendy Sherman who had travelled to Tel Aviv to brief Israeli officials about negotiations between Iran and the P5+1--Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany.

Iran and the P5+1 wrapped up their final meeting in Baghdad on Thursday evening after two earlier sessions of negotiations on Thursday and Wednesday.

Sherman delivered her report to National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror and Foreign Ministry Director-General Rafi Barak instead, Debka file reported.

According to her report, no progress was achieved in Baghdad as Iran refused to suspend uranium enrichment at low (3.5-5 percent) or high (20 percent) levels or shut down the Fordow nuclear plant near Qom.

Tehran and the six major world powers have agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow on June 18-19.

Iran has stressed there would be no progress until the P5+1 recognized Iran’s inalienable “right” as a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to enrich uranium.

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