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Israeli Official Calls for a New Iran Nuclear Agreement

European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi wait for the start of talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in Vienna, Austria June 20, 2021 (credit: REUTERS)
European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi wait for the start of talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in Vienna, Austria June 20, 2021 (credit: REUTERS)

The feasible timeline for reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal has passed, and negotiation with Tehran should focus on a new, stronger text, a senior Israeli official told reporters prior to Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s arrival in Berlin on Sunday night.

“Now is the time to come up with a new agreement” to halt Iran’s push to develop nuclear weapons, stated the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. If a deal could be reached with Iran once, it could be negotiated a second time, the official said.

“We definitely think that the adherence” by the six world powers “to returning to the previous nuclear agreement is a mistake, and they can achieve more if they put their policies in the right place,” he explained.

The official speculated that “at this point in time, it appears that a nuclear agreement with Iran will not be signed at least until after the [US] midterm elections” in November.

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