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After months of negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday there are “encouraging signs” that the United States is and European allies will not agree to a new nuclear deal with Iran.
“Following the Americans, the E3 countries announced yesterday that no nuclear deal with Iran will be signed in the near future,” Lapid said, referring to France, the United Kingdom and Germany.
“Israel conducts a successful diplomatic campaign to end the nuclear deal and prevent the lifting of sanctions against Iran. It’s not over yet. There is still a long way to go, but there are encouraging signs.”
Iran started enriching uranium beyond the restrictions of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action after former President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and re-imposed severe sanctions.
The The United Nations nuclear agency said: in a report this week that Iran has enriched uranium to 60%.
“The Agency is not in a position to guarantee that Iran’s nuclear program [program] is exclusively peaceful,” the nuclear watchdog said in the report.
Iran submitted a proposal to the European Union earlier this month, which has been brokering negotiations between Tehran and Washington for months, but Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was unproductive.
“In recent weeks we have closed some gaps. Iran had distanced itself from some external demands, demands unrelated to the JCPOA itself,” Blinken said Friday at NATO headquarters in Belgium.
“However, the latest response sets us back, and we have no intention of agreeing to a deal that does not meet our bottom-line requirements.”
Lapid traveled to Germany on Sunday to discuss the nuclear deal with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.