The Israeli Prime Minister warns of a “heavy price” for the Iran nuclear deal with the current conditions

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett considered that the nuclear agreement with Iran under the current conditions would make the entire region pay a heavy price, at a time when an Iranian official said that Tehran and Washington were far from achieving a “balance” in their commitments in the Vienna talks.

In his statements today, Sunday, at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting, Bennett said, “Iran is at the forefront of threats to the State of Israel, and we are closely following the developments in the Vienna talks. Our position is known and clear, to the effect that the agreement, with its current conditions, will harm efforts to deal with the nuclear program.”

He added, “Those who consider this agreement as a factor promoting stability are mistaken. It would only temporarily postpone the enrichment field… But all of us in this region will pay a heavy and disproportionate price in return.”

And he added, “Over the past weeks, and during the ongoing negotiations in particular, Iran has intensified its aggressive behavior to practice terrorism time and time again in the region, as everyone has seen. This is how negotiations take place in the Iranian way.”

“These days, we are closing the gaps and building Israel’s military strength for decades to come. Israel will retain its freedom of action in any case, with or without the agreement,” he said.

Initiatives and Negotiations

And earlier on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian considered that Washington had expressed its good intentions in the Vienna negotiations, but had not made serious initiatives, while the Secretary of the National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, ruled out achieving a balance in the commitments between the parties, despite the limited progress.

Abdullahian said today, Sunday, that the United States, through mediators, announced its good intentions, but it did not offer serious and practical initiatives in negotiations.

He also stated, “We are not seeking to reach an interim agreement in Vienna, but we are working to reach a good agreement.”

He added that what concerns his country is the behavior of the American side, and that the lifting of sanctions be real and tangible.

The Iranian foreign minister added, “There are no US preconditions, and the Vienna negotiations are based on the views of experts.”

Tehran stresses the priority of lifting the sanctions of the era after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement, verifying that they are lifted in practice, and obtaining guarantees that the US withdrawal will not be repeated.

On the other hand, the United States and the European parties focus on Iran’s return to fully respecting its commitments in the agreement.

Abdullahian: We do not seek an interim agreement in Vienna, but rather a good agreement (Anatolia)

Developments and forecasts

Earlier, Abdullahian said – in a telephone conversation with the European Union’s foreign policy official, Josep Borrell – that “positive developments occurred in the Vienna negotiations, but they still did not meet our expectations.”

Abdullahian saw that his country is looking for a good agreement with determination and frankness, but with the same frankness and determination it affirms the protection of its red lines and national interests, as he described it.

“We will reach a good agreement when it provides us with economic benefits in a sustainable and reliable way,” he added.

As for Borrell, he said that the negotiations are going through an important turning point, and “it is expected that all parties will come to Vienna with a clear agenda and in order to reach an agreement and be ready to take political decisions.”

Borrell: Negotiations are going through an important turning point (European)

Progress and commitments

In a tweet on Twitter, the Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council said that despite the limited progress in the Vienna talks on the nuclear deal, achieving a balance in the obligations between the parties is still a long way off.

Shamkhani – a former defense minister – added that the United States should take the necessary political decisions to find a balance in the commitments and obligations between the two parties, in order to reach a “good agreement.”

A senior US official announced last Friday that the US government had restored a waiver of sanctions allowing countries to cooperate with Iran on peaceful nuclear projects, ahead of a crucial stage of talks aimed at reviving the nuclear deal with Iran.

The Iranian foreign minister responded yesterday, Saturday, that his country still needs guarantees from Washington to revive the nuclear agreement with world powers, and described the limited lifting of US sanctions as “good, but not enough.”

These statements come days before the resumption of the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the nuclear deal, which Washington said has entered its final stage.

As for Iranian Oil Minister Javad Oji, he considered that the US policy of maximum pressure has failed to achieve its goals, and Iran has important projects in the oil and gas sector.

The Iranian minister added that Tehran would not reveal the details of its programs and measures in light of what he described as the economic war waged by the United States against it.

Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and re-imposed most US economic sanctions on Tehran.

After Trump withdrew and reimposed severe sanctions, Iran gradually began violating the nuclear restrictions stipulated in the agreement.

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