World powers have been talking in Vienna to resurrect the 2015 nuclear agreement. Israel has bitterly opposed the agreement and has encouraged negotiators to adopt a tough stance against Iran. The new agreement is less rigorous than the old one, which was left in shambles after the US, prompted by Israel, withdrew.
Moreover, Iranian parliamentarians have asked the President to seek assurances from the United States, Europe, and other international powers not to abandon the nuclear deal. “The emerging new accord is shorter and weaker than the old one,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said to his Cabinet.
He stated that the agreement would require Iran to limit its nuclear activities for two and a half years, less than the ten years stipulated in the previous deal, offering Iran sanctions relief in exchange for merely a temporary halt in nuclear work. Iran might then manufacture and deploy “stadiums of centrifuges,” he claimed.
Furthermore, Bennett stated that lifting sanctions would free up Iran’s funds to pay its proxies around Israel’s borders. “In any situation, the state of Israel is prepared and is ready for the day after, in every dimension, so that they may know how to protect Israeli citizens on their own,” he added. Israel says it wants a better deal that limits Iran’s nuclear development and handles its long-range missile program. It also wants a “serious” military threat to keep Iran from delaying indefinitely.
Iranian parliamentarians have asked President Ebrahim Raisi and his negotiation team to ensure that they will not pull out of the nuclear accord. President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018, despite the strong backing of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Since then, Iran has increased its nuclear operations, building a stockpile of highly enriched uranium that exceeds the terms of the agreement.
Therefore, Iran has increased uranium enrichment to 60 percent, a short technical step away from the 90 percent required to create an atomic weapon. US President Joe Biden has indicated his desire to rejoin the agreement. According to Iran’s Foreign Minister, it is on to Western countries to be flexible, and “the ball is now in their court.” According to Germany’s Chancellor, the discussions have progressed significantly in the last ten months.