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19 August 2017 05:19 (South Africa)

Surprise! Israel and Iran met, discussed their (non) nuclear arms

Israel has told the BBC that senior Israeli officials met their Iranian counterparts to discuss the threat of nuclear arms. Israeli officials said both sides attended panel sessions of a disarmament and non-proliferation conference in Cairo in September. Iran has denied the Israeli accounts, but, if confirmed, they would represent the first official exchange between the two nations since Iran's 1979 revolution. Israel is believed to have nuclear arms and accuses Iran of seeking them too. Representing Israel at the closed-door event at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Egyptian capital was the head of arms control at the Israeli Atomic Agency, Meirav Zafary-Odiz, Israeli media reported. Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, was also reportedly at the conference. According to the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, Soltanieh, it directly asked Zafary-Odiz: "Do you or do you not have nuclear weapons?" She reportedly smiled, but did not respond. Read more: BBC News

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