Israel’s Intel Chief Says Revival of Iran Nuclear Deal Better Than Collapse of JCPOA Talks: Report

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Sputnik: In December, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made it clear that Tel Aviv is not opposed in principle to any accord that may be concluded between world powers and Tehran at the ongoing Vienna talks on the possible revival of the Iran nuclear deal.

Aharon Haliva, head of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF)’s Operations Directorate, reportedly believes that a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is better for Tel Aviv than the collapse of the Vienna talks on the accord, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Israeli news outlet Walla cited unnamed government sources as saying that Haliva added that a revival of the deal would give the Jewish state more time to prepare for various scenarios of escalating tensions with Iran, and that the country would be in a better position to gear up for such possibilities.

According to Walla, the comments by the IDF intelligence head were in response to Mossad chief David Barnea, who continues to oppose the JCPOA and insists there is still time to influence the US concerning the terms of the Iran deal.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi gestures during a news conference at an IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna, Austria, September 13, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.12.2021

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“It’s not lost and it’s worth investing time and effort in a dialogue with the Americans about the contents of the agreement”, Barnea reportedly told reporters.

The remarks came after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid stressed that Tel Aviv has “no problem” with the JCPOA in principle and that “a good deal is a good thing”.

“Second best would be no deal but tightening the sanctions and making sure Iran cannot go forward. And the third and worst is a bad deal”. In late November, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made it clear that his country will maintain its freedom of action if a new nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers is reached at the Vienna talks.

The latest round of talks on the JCPOA began in the Austrian capital after a short pause on Monday, with the US State Department reportedly saying that Iran should “add real urgency” to the Vienna negotiations or risk losing any chance of the accord being revived.

Last month, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the US hadn’t made any suggestions that could lead to the revival of the JCPOA or the drafting of a new deal during the five-way talks in Vienna.

Iran expects the US to “offer a tangible text”, in which case an agreement can be reached “in the shortest possible time”, the spokesman said.

In this June 6, 2018 frame grab from Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting, IRIB, state-run TV, three versions of domestically-built centrifuges are shown in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, in Iran - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.10.2021

In 2015, Iran signed the JCPOA with the P5+1 group of countries — the US, China, France, Russia, the UK plus Germany — and the EU. The agreement obligated Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme and significantly decrease its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including the lifting of an arms embargo five years after the deal’s adoption.

In May 2018, the US unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran a year later to announce that it was starting to scale back its own JCPOA commitments. The Biden administration signalled its readiness to return to the agreement, with Iran saying that the White House should first scrap all sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. (Based on so many evidences) the JCOPA was imposed on Iran not “negotiated” with Iran, the whole so called agreement is written by the Zionists.
    And the big lie that MSM media everyday push is that the apartheid regime is opposed to the deal, how can you disagree with what is your own creature!

  2. That should read
    Apartheid Israel won’t let Iran have a nuclear power station.
    This is really crazy when you think about it,
    This little, bully,”rogue state”, dictates world policy.
    I mean think about it 5 million Ashkenazis from Russia and Eastern
    Europe, take over Palestine, and then start telling the World’s Population of 7 billion what they can and can’t do!
    Does this make any sense to anybody?

    • Iran never builds nukes, whether any NPT or JCPOA exist or not.
      Iran doesn’t build, cause it’s against its principles and beliefs not because some jerk Zionist politicians don’t want us to build, this is more crazy, 40 years the US has been lying about Iran, their determination to lie is truly astonishing!

  3. Who cares one shit about what the Zio terrorist squatters in Occupied Palestine thinks about the agreement which they have no part in. I’m sure in reality the already know if they attack Iran with mini nukes…. Iran’s immediate response will put ALL major areas on hell fires and all their military facility including Dimona. The following day isrealhell will cease to exist

    • Dicksonrp-
      I totally agree with you!
      And might I add the obvious:
      Apartheid Israel has 200+ nuclear weapons (that we know about)
      (Source General Powell-20 years ago)
      Apartheid Israel refuses inspections, so we really never know.
      But they want let Iran have a Nuclear Power Station