Dis­mayasIran nu­clear talks un­re­solved

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PFEFFER

IS­RAELI OF­FI­CIALS are scep­ti­cal that an ex­tended dead­line for reach­ing a com­pre­hen­sive agree­ment on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme will block its at­tempts to achieve a nu­clear weapon.

Talks be­tween Iran and the P5+1 world pow­ers group broke up last Fri­day in Vi­enna hav­ing failed to reach an agree­ment. The dead­line has been put back by four months.

The tem­po­rary deal signed last Novem­ber in Geneva in which Iran agreed to curb its ura­nium en­rich­ment and the build­ing of a new heavy­wa­ter re­ac­tor, in ex­change for lim­ited sanc­tions relief, was due to ex­pire on July 20.

The fail­ure of the sides to reach a new long-term agree­ment left lit­tle choice but to ex­tend the in­terim deal un­til late Novem­ber. Dur­ing this pe­riod, Iran has agreed to the lim­its on nu­clear devel­op­ment al­ready in place and in re­turn will re­ceive a fur­ther $2.8 bil­lion of funds frozen un­der the sanc­tions.

Is­raeli of­fi­cials said in re­cent weeks that an ex­ten­sion of the cur­rent in­terim agree­ment is “just what Iran wants” but the of­fi­cial re­sponse from Jerusalem was muted.

In an in­ter­view with Reuters, Strate­gic Af­fairs Min­is­ter Yu­val Steinitz said that Is­rael is “not enthusiastic about an ex­ten­sion but that it would be bet­ter than a bad deal or a deal that is in­com­plete”.

An Is­raeli of­fi­cial ex­plained that while the in­terim deal lim­ited Iran’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties to pro­duce the en­riched ura­nium nec­es­sary for a nu­clear war­head, the Ira­ni­ans will still be able to progress in other re­search and devel­op­ment ar­eas.

Mean­while, “the tough sanc­tions that forced Iran to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble are be­ing eroded with­out Iran hav­ing to give any­thing sig­nif­i­cant in re­turn.”

On Mon­day, the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) pub­lished a re­port say­ing that, so far, Iran has com­plied with its com­mit­ments in the in­terim agree­ment.

Chil­dren from the USA and Canada take their first steps as olim this week. De­spite the on­go­ing war, The Ne­fesh B’Ne­fesh char­ter flight to Ben Gu­rion Air­port car­ried 228 peo­ple from North Amer­ica to their new lives in Is­rael.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.