ראש הממשלה נפתלי בנט במסיבת עיתונאים אודות הווריאנט החדש
Prime Minister Naftali Bennet
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Members of 2015 Iran nuclear deal attending a meeting at the Grand Hotel of Vienna as they try to restore the pact, April 17, 2021

Israel concerned over Iran sanctions relief without cap on nuclear projects

Ahead of renewal of nuclear talks on Monday, Bennett says government has warned world powers against flow of billions of dollars to Tehran 'in exchange for unsatisfactory restrictions'; Lapid travels to UK and France on Sunday

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Published: 11.28.21, 13:08
Israel worries Iran will secure a windfall in sanctions relief in renewed nuclear negotiations with world powers but will not sufficiently roll back projects with bomb-making potential, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday.
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  • Negotiators will convene in Vienna on Monday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a nuclear deal which the United States under then-President Donald Trump quit in 2018, reimposing sanctions on Iran that led to breaches of the deal by Tehran, and dismayed the other powers involved.
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    Members of 2015 Iran nuclear deal attending a meeting at the Grand Hotel of Vienna as they try to restore the pact, April 17, 2021
    Members of 2015 Iran nuclear deal attending a meeting at the Grand Hotel of Vienna as they try to restore the pact, April 17, 2021
    Members of 2015 Iran nuclear deal attending a meeting at the Grand Hotel of Vienna as they try to restore the pact, April 17, 2021
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    Israel, which is not a party to the talks, opposed the original 2015 pact as too limited in scope and duration. Israeli leaders have long threatened military action against Iran if they deem diplomacy a dead end for denying it nuclear weaponry.
    The Islamic Republic says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.
    "Israel is very worried about the readiness to remove the sanctions and to allow a flow of billions (of dollars) to Iran in exchange for unsatisfactory restrictions in the nuclear realm," Bennett told his cabinet in televised remarks.
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    ראש הממשלה נפתלי בנט במסיבת עיתונאים אודות הווריאנט החדש
    ראש הממשלה נפתלי בנט במסיבת עיתונאים אודות הווריאנט החדש
    Prime Minister Naftali Bennet
    (Photo: GPO)
    "This is the message that we are relaying in every manner, whether to the Americans or to the other countries negotiating with Iran."
    On Sunday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is scheduled to travel to the UK and France for meeting with local officials in order to convey Israel's concerns ahead of Monday's resumption of talks.
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    IR6 centrefuges in Natanz
    IR6 centrefuges in Natanz
    IR6 centrefuges in iran's Natanz nuclear power plant
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    Few expect a breakthrough in the talks as Iran's uranium enrichment activities have escalated in an apparent bid to gain leverage against the West.
    Six rounds of indirect talks were held between April and June. The new round begins after a hiatus caused by the election of a new Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric.
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