Is Iran’s diplomacy pushing nuclear talks towards failure? Israel warns of fruitless talks


Israel IsraelIran has been taking a rather diplomatic stand over nuclear talks, even through latest round of talks in Vienna. Joshua Zarka, Israel’s lead diplomat on Iran has now warned that the extended diplomacy by Iran has now pushed the country to “last stretch of diplomacy”.

Israel had hoped that as the talks began over resumption of Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), United States and European Union would be able to levy an emergency motion to IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) board. This would help in substantiating the fact that Iran has continuously breached the obligations under 2015 nuclear deal and NPT (non-proliferation treaty). If this motion is activated, it would just be the start in opening a wider process that would help Iran change its stubborn stand on the nuclear programme.

Israel, the arch enemy of Iran, has always pushed it’s allies to steer away from the nuclear talks negotiations, citing that Tehran would anyways covertly carry on its nuclear programme. Israel has advocated to push Iran out of its nuclear programme forcefully. Tel Aviv was successful in persuading former President Donald Trump of United States of America to exit the JCPOA – a step that has been termed the most catastrophic decision by US in its foreign policies.

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Iran’s regime has seen a complete transformation with Ebrahim Raisi taking over as President of Iran in August 2021. This has changed the dynamics around the leadership, its foreign policies and stand when it comes to nuclear deal and country’s nuclear programme. “The reality is that we are dealing with a very different Iran,” IAEA director general Rafael Grossi said. “2022 is so different from 2015 that there will have to be adjustments that take into consideration these new realities so our inspectors can inspect whatever the countries agree at the political table.”

“There’s no other country other than those making nuclear weapons reaching those high levels of uranium enrichment”, Grossi said. “I’ve said many times that this doesn’t mean that Iran has a nuclear weapon. But it does mean that this level of enrichment is one that requires an intense verification effort.”

As Iran continues to restrict IAEA inspectors from accessing the nuclear sites freely, the world looks at a grim picture of the country’s nuclear program, Grossi warns. “If the international community through us, through the IAEA, is not seeing clearly how many centrifuges or what is the capacity that they may have … what you have is a very blurred image,” he said. “It will give you the illusion of the real image. But not the real image. This is why this is so important,” he said stressing on the importance of the nuclear deal talks.



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