Iran nuclear deal ‘imminent’, says Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program was “imminent” and warned that it would be “fragile” compared to the previous one, reached in 2015.

Negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program resumed in November in Vienna (Austria) after a long pause.

The goal is for the United States to participate again in the 2015 agreement that was to prevent Tehran from getting an atomic bomb, something that the Islamic Republic has always denied.

The United States left the agreement in 2018 under President Donald Trump, reinstating its sanctions. In response, Iran began to flout much of the restrictions it had agreed to place on its nuclear activities.

Israel, an ally of the United States and a declared enemy of Iran, considers Tehran and its nuclear program to be a threat to its security and that of the Middle East.

For this reason, it opposed the 2015 agreement because, according to Israel, the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic provided for in the text allowed it to arm itself even more.

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“A new deal could be imminent … It would be more fragile than the old one,” Bennett said before the weekly government meeting in Jerusalem.

Israel is preparing “for the day after [del acuerdo] at all levels,” he added.

“Iranian terrorism endangers us and other countries in the region (…) The State of Israel is preparing for the day after [de la conclusión del acuerdo] to ensure the safety of its citizens with our own means,” he added.

The Israeli Prime Minister took up the issue on Sunday night during a speech at a conference of American Jewish organizations.

“The main problem with this [nuevo] agreement is that in two and a half years (…) Iran will be able to develop, install and start up nuclear centrifuges,” he denounced in a speech.

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