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Israel on Thursday urged world powers to halt nuclear talks with Iran immediately, citing an announcement by a UN watchdog that Tehran has started producing enriched uranium with more advanced centrifuges.


The office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett quoted the prime minister giving advice to world powers during a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Nuclear deal: Iran producing enriched uranium with more advanced centrifuges, Israel alleges

… advises world powers to stop talking

Israel on Thursday urged world powers to halt nuclear talks with Iran immediately, citing an announcement by a UN watchdog that Tehran has started producing enriched uranium with more advanced centrifuges.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett quoted the prime minister giving advice to world powers during a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Iran is carrying out nuclear blackmail as a negotiating tactic, and this must be answered with the immediate cessation of negotiations and the implementation of tough measures by world powers,” he said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, said on Wednesday that Iran had begun the process of enriching uranium to 20 percent purity with a cascade, or group, of 166 advanced IR-6 machines at its Fordow plant, excavated in a mountain. .

Iran and major powers are trying, in talks in Vienna, to revive a 2015 accord under which Tehran limited its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions from the United States, the European Union and the UN.

The United States withdrew from the pact in 2018, during the administration of then-President Donald Trump, and Iran responded by violating the limits of the agreement.

An Israeli official said that Bennett told Blinken his objections to any lifting of sanctions against Iran, particularly under an interim agreement, which would effectively mean “the massive flow of funds to the Iranian regime.”

Under the 2015 agreement, no uranium enrichment is supposed to take place at Fordow.

Until now, Iran had been producing enriched uranium there with IR-1 machines and had become enriched with some IR-6s without keeping the product.

In a video interview Thursday with Israel‘s YNet news website, Defense Minister Benny Gantz expressed confidence that US President Joe Biden would deliver on a promise not to allow Iran to obtain weapons. nuclear.

“I don’t think we are alone. I think we always have to prepare the option for the moment when we find ourselves alone.

“I repeat, an attack (against Iran) is an option. It doesn’t have to be the first, ”he said.

Reuters / NAN

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