US, Israel reach cooperation agreement on Iran: report

U.S. and Israeli officials reached a closed-door cooperation agreement on how to deal with Iran, according to Israel’s Channel 10 News.

The agreement, which was reportedly signed on Dec. 12 at the White House, aims to counter Iran’s missile and nuclear programs.

According to Channel 10, the agreement would translate President Trump‘s Oct. 13 speech decertifying the Iran deal into steps on the ground.

The two countries have reportedly decided to set up joint teams to combat Iran in the region.

One joint team would grapple with Iran’s ties to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, as well as Iranian activity in Syria.

The second team would aim to deal with Iran’s nuclear goals, while another team would specialize in dealing with the country’s missile program.

The fourth team is designed to control preparations for any escalation from Hezbollah or Tehran.

The news organization reported a senior Israeli official as saying the two nations “see eye to eye on the trends and processes in the region.”

U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster and his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat led the negotiations, according to Channel 10.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

The report comes as U.S.-Iranian relations have declined in recent months.

Trump announced in October that he would decertify the Iranian nuclear deal, which was reached during the Obama administration.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley ripped into Tehran earlier this month when she presented what she said was “undeniable” evidence that Iran was supplying weapons to Yemeni rebels in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

U.S.-Israeli relations have been on the uptick since Trump announced earlier this month the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Iran’s legislative body voted on Wednesday to declare Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.



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