Israeli official says Iran deal won’t happen before US midterms in November

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Iranian deputy foreign minister Reza Najafi leaves the Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks take place in Vienna, Austria, August 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Florian Schroetter)
Iranian deputy foreign minister Reza Najafi leaves the Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks take place in Vienna, Austria, August 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Florian Schroetter)

Israel does not believe that a nuclear deal between the P5+1 powers and Iran will be signed before the November midterm elections in the United States, a senior Israeli official says.

“If the US doesn’t give into Iran’s demands, and Iran doesn’t give into US demands and the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] doesn’t close the probes, there will be no return to the agreement,” the official adds.

The official stresses that Iran does not have any intention of returning to the nuclear agreement without additional concessions by the West. At the same time, Israel “doesn’t have any expectation that Iran will agree [to a new deal].”

“Iran must be pressured by the West before it accepts a new deal,” the official continues, emphasizing that “there are many things that can be done to cause Iran to understand that time is not on its side.”

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