As Vienna negotiations continue, Israel vows to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and the Revolutionary Guards are simulating the penetration of the Iron Dome
Israel has vowed again to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, while the joint working committees in Vienna begin discussing Iranian proposals to lift the sanctions imposed on it, in the hope of reaching a nuclear agreement.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said – in an interview with Israel Army Radio this morning – “Of course there can be a good agreement, of course we know the criteria. Is this expected to happen now in the current circumstances? No, because there must be a position more assertive.”
Bennett considered that Iran is negotiating from a very weak position, but unfortunately the world is behaving as if it is strong, as he described it.
He added that his government has built a practical strategy to deal with what he called the Iranian threat, not limited to the nuclear project alone.
He stressed that Tehran has surrounded his country with hundreds of thousands of missiles over a period of 30 years, and this is what must be set back, as he put it.
Bennett stressed that Israel is not part of the negotiations taking place in Vienna between Iran and the world powers.
He also renewed his statement that “Israel should prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Meanwhile, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards published a video showing a simulation of penetrating the Israeli Iron Dome during the recent military exercises.
According to a tweet on Twitter published by the Iranian Tasnim Agency, the commander of the Aerospace Forces of the Revolutionary Guards said that the simulation exercise succeeded in breaking the Iron Dome.
– Tasnim News Agency 🇮🇷 (@Tasnimnews_Fa) December 28, 2021
Last Friday, Iran concluded large-scale military exercises in the south of the country under the name “The Greatest Messenger”, during which it tested ballistic missiles, and included missile tests from land and sea and exercises for land and sea forces.
The chief Iranian negotiator, Ali Bagheri, had said that the joint working committees in Vienna will begin today, Tuesday, to discuss the Iranian proposals related to lifting the financial and banking sanctions imposed on his country, noting that the eighth round – which started on Monday – showed an encouraging start.
Bagheri added – after the end of the first day of the round – that the parties agreed to place the item on lifting sanctions in a verifiable way at the top of the agenda of the current round of negotiations, including providing guarantees that the United States will not withdraw from the agreement in the future.
For his part, European Union representative Enrique Mora – who chairs the eighth round of nuclear talks – said that the work is proceeding in two parallel tracks, namely lifting sanctions and ensuring Iran’s compliance with its nuclear program.
Hours before the talks resumed yesterday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that any upcoming agreement must ensure Iran sells oil and receives revenue without any hindrance.
Abdullahian revealed that the Vienna negotiations will discuss a “joint draft” on nuclear sanctions and measures.
And US negotiator Rob Malley warned that the time margin does not exceed “a few weeks”, and that a “crisis” would occur if diplomatic efforts failed.
The concerned parties held 6 rounds of talks between last April and June, before they were suspended for about 5 months, shortly after the Iranian presidential elections, which ended with the victory of Ibrahim Raisi, and then resumed starting on November 29.