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Bennett discussed Iran in depth with world leaders in Glasgow, says official

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chat as they attend an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 UN Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland,  on Monday, November 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, Pool)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chat as they attend an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 UN Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, November 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, Pool)

GLASGOW, Scotland — Iran’s nuclear program came up in almost every meeting Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held with world leaders at the COP26 climate conference, a diplomatic source says during a briefing to Israeli journalists.

Bennett held long conversations on the topic with French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier today, according to the official.

Conversations around Iran largely revolved around two major issues — what world powers can do, and what Israel is doing independently, the source says.

“We are in a period where the Iranians still aren’t coming in” to nuclear talks, the senior official says. “There is a feeling in the world that something has to happen.”

World leaders are searching for a combination of carrots and sticks to urge Iran back to nuclear talks on returning to compliance with the 2015 JCPOA, according to the official, noting that Bennett favors sticks.

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