Lapid traveled to Berlin to discuss nuclear deal with Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid flew to Germany on Sunday in an attempt to persuade Western powers to back out of resuming the Iran nuclear deal.

Before leaving for Berlin, Lapid thanked the three forces at a cabinet meeting on Sunday morning for the “firm position” they had expressed on Saturday.

Lapid told the meeting that “Israel is pursuing a successful diplomatic campaign to stop the nuclear deal and prevent the lifting of sanctions on Iran.” “This is not the end yet,” he added.

“There is still a long way to go, but there are encouraging signs,” the prime minister said.

An Israeli diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed that Iran would be the focus of the Israeli delegation’s attention at the talks in Berlin.

“It is important to continue to coordinate positions and influence the European position, as Germany plays an important role in this,” an AFP spokesman said.

Accompanied by a delegation of senior security officials, Lapid is scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Foreign Minister Annalena Beerbock and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before returning to Israel on Monday.

Israel opposes the 2015 nuclear deal, and in 2018 former US President Donald Trump withdrew before he re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Enthusiasm among European countries, especially Germany, France and Britain, has waned over the past few days after those countries expressed “serious doubts” on Saturday about Tehran’s intention to restore the agreement, in a statement that Iran’s foreign ministry called “unconstructive.”

The countries participating in the agreement said that the proposal presented by the European Union to Tehran represented the “maximum flexibility” of the European powers in the matter.

“Unfortunately, Iran has chosen not to take advantage of this important diplomatic opportunity,” she added, noting that Tehran “instead continues to escalate its nuclear program beyond any reasonable civilian excuses.”

A 2015 agreement between Tehran and six international powers (Washington, Paris, London, Moscow, Beijing and Berlin) allowed for the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for reducing its nuclear activities and securing the peace of its program.

Iran and the powers still associated with the agreement, with the coordination of the European Union and the indirect involvement of the United States, began negotiations to renew it in April 2021, which were initially suspended in June. After it resumed in November of that year, it was suspended again in mid-March 2022, with differences remaining between Washington and Tehran despite significant progress being made.

Israel warns that lifting sanctions on Iran could allow Tehran to use the proceeds to strengthen the capabilities of its allied factions capable of attacking the Jewish state, especially the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Source: AFP.

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