Report: CIA head was in Israel to argue for closure of IAEA nuclear probe of Iran.

Report: CIA head was in Israel to argue for closure of IAEA nuclear probe of Iran – Israel News – Jerusalem Post.

John Brennan likely told Israeli officials that intelligence monitoring is sufficient to track possible military dimensions of Tehran’s program, according to MEMRI report.

CIA Director John Brennan likely came to Israel last week to tell Israeli officials that a final nuclear deal with Iran does not have to include a commitment by Tehran to provide access to military bases, or Iranian consent to interview its scientists, a new report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said.

According to the report, written by Ayelet Savyon, director of MEMRI’s Iranian project, and Col. (res.) Yigal Carmon, President of MEMRI, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei seems to have torpedoed an arrangement under which IAEA inspectors would be allowed symbolic supervision at Iranian military sites where suspected work has been carried out on military dimensions of the nuclear program.

Khamenei reportedly also rejected proposals that would have enabled Iranian scientists to be questioned by the IAEA.

Khamenei’s rejection has led to an impasse in negotiations between the P5+1 countries, according to the report, with European Union states refusing to conclude a deal in the absence of an arrangement that would satisfy the IAEA’s investigation into Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program.

“The Iranian retreat from its agreement to allow a symbolic visit in military sites and the questioning of scientists and military personnel, in exchange for closing the Possible Military Dimensions case [in the IAEA] places President Obama in a problematic situation, and the talks at an impasse, since alongside the Iranian rejection, the EU and the IAEA Director-General [Yukiya Amano] refuse to shut the PMD case,” the report said.

“Under these circumstances, it seems the head of the CIA, John Brennan, was sent to Israel to convince it – and through it, the European Union – that intelligence monitoring of every suspected instance of a military dimension in the Iranian nuclear program is a sufficient solution, and that the [IAEA’s] PMD investigation can be left aside,” Carmon and Savyon wrote.

According to a Haaretz report, Brennan visited Israel last week and met with senior security officials, including Mossad head Tamir Pardo, the head of Military Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevi, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen.

Israeli officials refused to comment on the report.

MEMRI cited Iranian media reports that described how Khameni apparently shot down an agreement reached between his own Iranian negotiators and the P5+1 on ways to resolve the IAEA’s investigation, which remains open due to a lack of Iranian cooperation.

According to one Iranian report, in order to reach a final agreement by the June 30 deadline, the US has shown willingness to give up on inspections at Iranian military bases and make due only with inspections at declared nuclear sites, while intelligence agencies would handle ongoing monitoring of the Iranian nuclear program. But that proposal has not satisfied the EU or the IAEA.

Iran’s refusal to answer the IAEA’s questions, and its ongoing denial of access to inspectors at sites like the Parchin military complex, has left talks at a dead end, the report said.

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