Israel, Iran’s arch-foe, supported the United States’ withdrawal from the accord in 2018, under then-President Donald Trump, who deemed it too restrictive. Israel has also advocated against re-entering the pact sought by President Joe Biden’s administration.
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“Iran’s nuclear deal seems to be in the ER,” Gantz said at a counter-terrorism conference at Reichman University.
“There’s a period maybe after the election, we’ll see how it goes,” he said in an apparent reference to November’s US midterm elections.
Israel is not a party to the Vienna-based talks to roll back the 2015 deal, but its threat to take military action against Iran if diplomacy is seen as deadlock keeps Western capitals on alert.
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On Saturday, France, Britain and Germany questioned Iran’s commitment to reviving the deal in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, comments that Tehran rejected and called “grossly timely” by Moscow.
In August, after 16 months of tortuous negotiations, the European Union made its final bid to resolve the impasse over terms to restore the agreement. Earlier this month, Iran sent its latest response to the EU’s proposed text.
Western diplomats say this is a step backwards, with Iran seeking to link the resurgence of the deal to the closure of a UN nuclear watchdog investigation into Tehran’s unexplained nuclear activity.