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Israel urges world powers to evade Iranian “blackmail”


JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s prime minister on Monday called on world powers not to “give in to Iran’s nuclear blackmail” when starting negotiations in Vienna.

Naftali Bennett said in a video statement delivered to representatives of countries opening negotiations with Iran that Tehran is trying to “end sanctions for virtually nothing” and keep its nuclear program intact while receiving hundreds of billions of dollars. once sanctions are lifted. The video was obtained by The Associated Press.

Negotiators from Iran and world powers meet in Vienna on Monday to resume talks with the aim of reviving the 2015 nuclear pact.

Iran has increased its enrichment of uranium since the United States withdrew in 2018 from the momentous nuclear pact between world powers and Iran.

Israel has voiced its opposition to the deal and Israeli officials now claim that Tehran is closer than ever to developing nuclear weapons, something it will not tolerate. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will visit London and Paris this week to discuss Iran with British and French officials. Defense Minister Benny Gatz will also head to Washington this week with the same goal.

Iran insists that its nuclear program has only peaceful objectives. He has claimed that the breach of the agreement is due to the decision of the government of President Donald Trump to withdraw from it and restore devastating sanctions.

Israel is considered by many to be the only nuclear-armed country in the Middle East, although it maintains a policy of ambiguity regarding its own program.

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