Israel pushes back on Biden administration's plan to reopen Iran nuclear talks

by Joel Abbott · Feb 19th, 2021 1:01 pm

Last Updated Feb 20th, 2021 at 9:35 pm

The Israeli government pushed back against the Biden administration on Thursday after Secretary of State Tony Blinken said the U.S. was willing to reopen talks about the Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran.

"Israel believes that going back to the old nuclear agreement will pave Iran's path to a nuclear arsenal," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We remain committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons."

The Iranian regime is a leading sponsor of terrorism around the world.

The 2015 deal, which aimed to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons if they reformed various elements of their governance, was scrapped by former President Donald Trump, who called it "disastrous."

"The Iran deal is defective at its core," said Trump in 2018 when he suspended the agreement. "If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time, the world's leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most dangerous weapon."

The former president added that the deal "didn't bring peace" and "never will."

On Thursday, the Biden administration also moved to reverse Trump's efforts to sanction Iran through the U.N. and sent a message to the Iranian mission that all of Trump's travel restrictions on their diplomats would be lifted.

An Israeli official said the nation is "in close contact with the United States on this matter."

Many other public figures, academics, and politicians have decried the 2015 deal as ill-conceived and dangerous.

Iran, which said in early 2020 that it would no longer honor the agreement, is expected to withdraw from the "additional protocol" of the treaty on February 23. This would allow Iran to ban UN inspectors once again from unscheduled visits to its nuclear facilities.


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