Israel’s fears of Iranian nuclear threat: Nuclear talks between Iran and the powers were resumed yesterday in Vienna and there already seems to be no real progress, and both sides are facing a dead end. Israel is very disturbed by this and finds it difficult to accept the undecided approach on the part of the Americans – and therefore exert pressure on the various channels in an attempt to influence the situation, we published this evening (Tuesday) in the “main edition”. At the same time, senior European officials are also frustrated and are issuing an ultimatum to Iran, according to which “if Iran does not express the seriousness of its intentions by the end of the week – that will be a problem.”
Return to Nuclear Talks – Coverage N12:
This is how Israel is trying to lead to an improved agreement
While the negotiations are continuing, Israel has in recent days been passing on a great deal of intelligence to the countries participating in the talks. It is an attempt to put pressure on the powers and put everything on the table – thus revealing Tehran’s true intentions. In this way, Israel hopes to bring about as good an agreement as possible, in which Iran will remain without advanced centrifuges. But the assessment at the moment is less optimistic – it seems that Iran will continue to spread the time to enrich uranium.
Security source warns: “If sanctions are lifted – Iranians reach the threshold of being able to build a bomb within six months”
A security source told News 12 this evening amid fears in Israel that “if the sanctions are lifted and there is no agreement, the Iranians will reach the threshold of being able to build a bomb within six months. Then Israel will have no choice but to take its fate into its own hands.”
Europe’s ultimatum to Iran
It seems that the level of frustration among Europeans who move from the room where the Americans are to the room where the Iranians are is high. Although Europe is disappointed with the result and issues an ultimatum, the Iranians continue to insist that they do not give up the advanced centrifuges they have accumulated since Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met today in France with President Emanuel Macron and said that the sanctions should not be lifted. Lapid called for a real military threat, his approach would prevent Iran from continuing the race for nuclear.
Amid fears of escalating the regional conflict with Tehran, the UAE takes the issue seriously and stresses that despite their partnership for concern over Iranian policy, they are trying to calm the winds. Anwar Gregash, the diplomatic adviser to the UAE president, signaled to Israel today that “confrontation is not the way to go.”
“We share the region’s concerns about Iran, but even if the nuclear talks have a positive outcome – they will not address all the concerns about Iran’s policies,” he told Reuters. According to him, dialogue and economic cooperation are part of the steps that can be taken to build trust with Iran, but it takes time.
Earlier today, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdullahian had a telephone conversation with his emirate, Abdullah bin Zayed, and talked to him about strengthening cooperation between the two countries. Meanwhile, a UAE delegation is expected to visit Iran soon – as part of an effort to improve relations between the two countries, which have recently been undermined – due to tensions, naval attacks in the Persian Gulf and normalization agreements between the emirates and Israel.
Renewal of nuclear talks – all the details
After a stalemate of about five months, the nuclear talks between and the powers were renewed in Vienna yesterday. Representatives of the United States, which withdrew from the agreement in 2018, will not be allowed to sit in the negotiating room. Staying in a separate room and trying to influence the conversations from a distance.
The talks continued today, after yesterday, after a short discussion of about two hours, the parties came out and announced that they are optimistic and show a positive atmosphere. Iran’s representative for the talks, Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagri Kenny, clarified that although the talks are a direct continuation of the previous six rounds held until May, they do not necessarily require the new government that took office in August. “The previous rounds are just a draft, not a signed and binding agreement and everything is still changeable,” he told Iranian media.
The Iranians are demanding high demands from the Americans, including the removal of all sanctions against them, including those imposed long before former President Trump retired from the agreement. Among the sanctions that Tehran is demanding to return are many that are not at all related to the nuclear project, such as those dealing with human rights issues – and even if the Biden administration decides to remove them – this is likely to run into many difficulties in Congress.
Since the original nuclear agreement was signed in 2015, a lot of water has passed through the river, and apparently a great deal of enriched uranium has also been added to the Iranian reservoirs. In addition, Washington and Tehran have new presidents and governments with different interests. One of the issues that has apparently not changed in this matter is the Israeli position. Despite the change of government, this time too, senior Israeli officials continue to try and mobilize the powers against an agreement with Iran. Yesterday, Foreign Minister Lapid made it clear during his visit to London that “a nuclear Iran will bring the entire Middle East into a nuclear arms race. The world must prevent this and it can prevent it through tighter sanctions and tighter supervision.”
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Prime Minister Bennett and Defense Minister Bnei Gantz also attacked the powers’ return to talks with Iran yesterday. Bennett addressed Western countries yesterday, saying: “Do not succumb to Iran’s nuclear blackmail.” Bennett claimed that Iran was coming to negotiations in Vienna with the aim of removing the sanctions in return with almost nothing, he said. The defense minister added that “the time that passes must have a price to be expressed in economic sanctions and military action, in order for the Iranians to stop the nuclear race and regional aggression.”