Awaiting the resumption of nuclear negotiations, Iran announces the development of an anti-missile system

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Both Iran and the United States expected a resumption of negotiations on reviving the nuclear agreement, while the Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced the development of an anti-missile system.

A member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security Committee, Abul-Fadl Amoui, said that the Vienna negotiations will resume next week and will discuss difficult issues, the most important of which is the lifting of sanctions.

He explained that the negotiations enabled a draft of 12 items, about 8 to 10 of them still being disputed, and said that this draft would constitute 80% of any possible agreement.

Amoui added that the fate of uranium enriched at a rate of more than 3.7% is one of the points of contention, and that Tehran refuses to transfer its stockpile of low-enriched uranium outside the country.

Diplomacy first

For his part, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the United States and its partners are discussing timeframes for nuclear diplomacy with Iran, adding that current efforts to reach a new nuclear agreement may be exhausted within weeks.

In press statements he made on Wednesday during his visit to Israel, Sullivan explained, “We do not specify a specific time publicly, but I can tell you that we are looking behind closed doors for time frames, which are not very long.” When asked about the time frame, he replied, “weeks.”

He said the United States believed that the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon remained “diplomacy, deterrence and pressure”.

Israel has always hinted that if it believes that diplomacy has reached a dead end, it may resort to pre-emptive strikes to deprive its archenemy of the means to build a nuclear bomb.

But there are doubts among security experts about whether Israel alone has the military ability to effectively halt Iran’s program or whether Washington will support its actions.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated that the Iranian nuclear file was at the fore in the discussions that took place today in occupied Jerusalem with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, as Bennett assured Sullivan that the Iranian nuclear program destabilizes the region.

Bennett called for halting negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, which resumed last November in Vienna, accusing Iran of “nuclear blackmail.”

For his part, Sullivan said that the United States and Israel are at a “crucial stage” with regard to various security issues, adding that the two sides should develop a joint strategy to confront those issues.

The Great Messenger’s maneuvers

In a related context, Iran announced Wednesday the development of an anti-missile system that can be installed on a T-72M tank to protect it in the event of a missile or missile attack, according to Fars news agency.

This came on the third day of military maneuvers taking place in the south of the Islamic Republic, known as “The Greatest Messenger” maneuvers.

The agency stated that the system “is now undergoing the final stages of testing, as it will be installed on the tank’s turret after the final evaluations are conducted.”

She pointed out that the system is capable of “deflecting anti-armor shells before they reach the tank, by jamming the guidance systems.”

The commander of the ground force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, confirmed that the guns of these tanks can fire accurately at night and have a range of up to 3 kilometers.

For his part, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ naval forces, Admiral Alireza Tanksiri, told Sepah News, the guard’s official website, that during the military maneuvers, “we used Iranian weapons and ammunition in full.”

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