“We are against this agreement, because it is a bad one,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said. “Because it cannot be accepted as it is written right now. In our eyes, it does not meet the standards set by President Biden himself: preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear state.”
Lapid’s protestations followed attempts at diplomacy by U.S. and European leaders, with them poised to reach an agreement after a “detailed review” in Tehran, the Washington Examiner reported.
The European Union, with a significant role in mediating between the United States and Iranian officials, has pressed the country for a final answer.
“As you know, we received Iran’s comments on the EU’s proposed final text through the EU,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. “Our review of those comments has now concluded. We have responded to the EU today.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is operating under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from.
Iranian officials have reportedly accelerated their nuclear research.
Proponents of the current deal believe this round of talks will postpone a nuclear crisis in the Middle East.
The negotiations have proceeded slowly, with the Iranians attempting to leverage the deal to force Biden to lift terrorism-related sanctions imposed by Trump and close an international investigation by the United Nations into their nuclear resources.
“The Iranians are making demands again. The negotiators are ready to make concessions again,” Lapid said. “This is not the first time this has happened. The countries of the West draw a red line, the Iranians ignore it, and the red line moves.”
There has been some concern that Russia and Iran are conspiring following the lifting of sanctions in Iran’s energy industry.
“Iran is a good partner in this endeavor,” an unnamed Western diplomat told Politico’s European affiliate. “Russia has a difficulty and Iran has a capability.”