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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday there were “promising signs” that the US and its European allies would not agree to a new nuclear deal with Iran after months of negotiations.
“Following the United States, the E3 countries announced yesterday that a nuclear deal with Iran will not be signed in the near future,” Rapid said, referring to France, Britain and Germany.
“Israel is successfully conducting a diplomatic campaign to block the nuclear deal and prevent the lifting of sanctions against Iran.
Iran began enriching uranium beyond the limits of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Action Plan after former President Donald Trump withdrew the agreement in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions.
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The United Nations Atomic Energy Agency said in a report this week that Iran has enriched its uranium by up to 60%.
“The IAEA is not in a position to endorse Iran’s use of nuclear weapons. [program] It’s completely peaceful,” the nuclear watchdog said in a report.
Earlier this month, Iran submitted a proposal to the European Union, which has brokered negotiations between Tehran and Washington for months, but Secretary of State Antony Brinken said it would be counterproductive.
“In the past few weeks, we have closed some gaps. Iran has moved away from irrelevant demands that have nothing to do with the JCPOA itself,” Blinken said Friday at NATO headquarters in Belgium.
“However, recent reactions have set us back and we will not agree to any deal that does not meet our final requirements.”
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Rapid traveled to Germany on Sunday to discuss the nuclear deal with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.