Israel does not expect to renew Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers before the US midterm elections in November, an Israeli official said on Sunday, with European parties to the talks expressing disappointment with Tehran.
Israel is similarly advocating against the re-entry sought by the current US administration, after supporting then-US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, which he considered too limited.
On Saturday, Britain, France and Germany said they had “serious doubts” about Iran’s intentions as it tried to link the revival of the deal with the closure of a UN surveillance probe into traces of uranium at three of its nuclear sites. Had it.
Tehran called the European statement “unstructured”.
“At this time, it appears that the nuclear deal with Iran will not be signed until after the (US) midterm elections,” the Israeli official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
Some Israeli commentators saw the remarks as anticipating US President Joe Biden’s reluctance to use it in his domestic campaigns against his Democratic Party, close enough to the vote for Republican rivals.
Briefing the Israeli cabinet on Sunday, Prime Minister Yair Lapid thanked the European powers “for their clear stance”.
“Israel is conducting a successful diplomatic campaign to stop the nuclear deal and prevent the lifting of sanctions on Iran,” he said. “It’s not over yet. The road is long. But there are encouraging signs.”
Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, has violated a 2015 deal with uranium enrichment since the US walkout, a process that could create bomb fuel down the line.
Israel is not a party to the Vienna negotiations. But its concern about Iran and threats to take military action against its arch enemy if diplomacy is considered a dead end has kept Western capitals on alert.