The US State Department sharply criticized an Israeli assessment that international powers are offering to roll back as much as 40% of the sanctions against Iran as part of ongoing nuclear talks, in another display of deepening tension between the U.S. and its key Mideast ally.
The U.S. and other powers are considering giving Iran what they describe as modest relief from punitive international sanctions in exchange for steps by Tehran to halt its nuclear program.
But Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said those steps directly or indirectly would ease the punitive sanctions by about $40 billion a year or around 40% of the overall impact.
State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki, asked about the Israeli assessment, dismissed it Wednesday as “inaccurate, exaggerated and not based in reality.”
Ms. Psaki would not give a U.S. estimate for the impact of the sanctions relief being considered, but said it would be considerably less than the figure cited by Mr. Steinitz.
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