The United States and Israel are said to have held secret talks on Iran last week to discuss a possible “Plan B” if the nuclear talks (JCPOA) are not resumed, it reports. Axios citing two senior Israeli officials.
The agreement was signed last week via “secure” videoconference and was led by US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Eyal Hulata.
This video conference was the first meeting since the new Israeli government took office in June, in which a “top-secret strategic working group” from the United States and Israel met on the Iran issue.
The Israeli side stressed the need to promote a “Plan B” in Tehran due to the stalled nuclear talks and due to the acceleration of Iran’s uranium enrichment. The US side stressed that it was also concerned about the stalemate in nuclear talks with Iran and said the United States would impose additional sanctions on Iran if the talks are not resumed soon.
Negotiations in Vienna on the reactivation of the nuclear deal with Iran, which resumed in April after a long hiatus, were initially halted after the June presidential elections and the subsequent change of government in Tehran.
Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, recently linked talks on Iran’s nuclear program with calls for the lifting of all sanctions against the country, as envisaged in the 2015 nuclear deal. “The Islamic Republic considers that the The talks are sensible, the end result of which is the lifting of all repressive sanctions, “Raisi said in a video message Tuesday at the general debate at the UN General Assembly in New York.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei repeatedly emphasized that Iran will not return to its obligations under the JCPOA until it can determine that sanctions have been lifted not only in word but in fact.
The German newspaper of the Springer group The world comments on this saying that Iran wants to challenge Israel’s nuclear monopoly in the region with its “attrition tactics”:
“Nothing easier than that, suggests Tehran. Get America to rejoin the nuclear deal. Then there will be peace again on the borders of Israel. But in Israel we know that this calm would only be a tactical pause. As long as Tehran meets its political goal, a renewal of the JCPOA agreement would bring Iran currently frozen funds in the billions.
In August, the governments of Germany, France and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement on their “grave concern” over recent reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran was the first to have uranium enriched by up to a 20 percent quality for weapons. Uranium-235 produced and significantly expanded its enriched uranium production capacity by up to 60 percent in U-235.
What has so far prevented Israel from launching a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities is Iran’s own feared reaction to such an attack, especially the danger posed by northern Israel, namely Hezbollah’s missile arsenal. Iran basically views Hezbollah’s missile arsenal not primarily as offensive weapons, but as a control mechanism that allows Iran to expand its nuclear program without fear of an Israeli military strike, says US-Israeli communications strategist Joel C. Rosenberg.
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