John Bolton will reportedly meet with Israeli national security adviser to ratify joint approach to Iran

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  • US National Security Adviser John Bolton will reportedly meet with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabat, in Washington on Tuesday.
  • Sources said the two officials will be ratifying an existing agreement between Israel and the US on how to deal with Iran.
  • Changes will reportedly be made to the agreement to reflect the “new reality” now that the US is no longer bound to the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss Iran with several European leaders next week.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton will reportedly meet with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabat, in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a joint approach to Iran.

Sources briefed on the trip told Israel’s Channel 10 reporter Barak Ravid that the two officials will be ratifying an existing agreement between Israel and the US on how to deal with Iran. The agreement was reportedly reached in December last year and seeks joint coordination to counter Iran’s missile program and its proxy network across the Middle East.

Sources said the two national security advisers will make changes to the agreement that reflect the “new reality” of the US no longer being party to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

Earlier this month, the US formally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. President Donald Trump said the deal had “serious flaws” and would not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Sources added that Bolton and Ben-Shabat will also discuss joint military cooperation in countering Iran’s presence in Syria.

The move comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to discuss Iran with several European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, next week.

The three countries remain parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and are scrambling to save the deal’s framework.

Iran has laid out its conditions for remaining in the deal with Europe, but is not yet known whether Europe’s leading powers would be likely to concede the demands.

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