Iran must begin to pay a price for its violations, says Israel's PM Naftali Bennett

WION Web Team
Jerusalem Published: Dec 05, 2021, 06:05 PM(IST)

File photo: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Photograph:( Reuters )

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Accusing the Islamic republic of 'nuclear blackmail,' Bennett urged an 'immediate cessation' of resumed nuclear talks between Iran and major powers in Vienna

With Iran's nuclear talks back in the spotlight, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has asked world powers to take a hard line in negotiations.

He said ''I call on every country negotiating with Iran in Vienna to take a strong line and make it clear to Iran that they cannot enrich uranium and negotiate at the same time.''

“Iran must begin to pay a price for its violations.”

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Accusing the Islamic republic of "nuclear blackmail," Bennett urged an "immediate cessation" of resumed nuclear talks between Iran and major powers in Vienna.

He has been a consistent opponent of the 2015 agreement the powers have been seeking to revive.

Meanwhile, David Barnea, the chief of Israel's Mossad external intelligence agency, said "It's clear there is no need for uranium to be enriched to 60 percent for civilian purposes. There is no need for three enrichment sites and there is no need for thousands of active centrifuges unless there is an intention to develop a nuclear weapon," Barnea said.

"A bad deal, which I hope they do not reach, is intolerable from our perspective."

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Earlier, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had said that Iran had started the process of enriching uranium to up to 20 per cent purity with one cascade, or cluster, of 166 advanced IR-6 machines at its Fordow plant, dug into a mountain.

Under the 2015 deal, no uranium enrichment is supposed to be carried out at Fordow at all. Until now Iran had been producing enriched uranium there with IR-1 machines and had enriched with some IR-6s without keeping the product.

The United States withdrew from the pact in 2018, during the administration of then-President Donald Trump, and Iran responded by violating the agreement's limits.

(With inputs from agencies)

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