Iran acts with impunity ahead of nuclear talks – editorial

Iran has announced that it will resume talks with world superpowers in Vienna on November 29. The talks aim to revive or recreate elements of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that Tehran signed with the P5 + 1.

Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani said the talks will be attended by officials from the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said a deal could be reached if Iran’s representatives were “serious.”

This comes amid Iranian claims this week that it had detained the United States from “piracy” involving an oil tanker. The Iranian regime media broadcast images of its IRGC forces boarding a ship using a helicopter. Although the United States has disputed Tehran’s claims, US Navy destroyers were dispatched to monitor an incident in which the Islamic Republic apparently seized a Vietnam-flagged ship.

Iran has continued to act as if it were the one to decide on the timeline of the nuclear deal, regularly sending a message that it has the upper hand in any deal with the West.

“The White House calls for negotiations with Iran … Yet it simultaneously imposes new sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian tweeted on Tuesday, adding that Iran is “closely examining the Mr. Biden’s behavior. “

DELEGATES Await the start of talks on the reactivation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in Vienna, Austria, last month. (credit: EU DELEGATION TO VIENNA / BROCHURE VIA REUTERS)

It’s not entirely clear whether Iran will revert to the 2015 deal, but it looks like it will want to set new standards and squeeze new concessions from the P5 + 1, rejoin only if its terms are met.

This leaves the prospect of giving the green light to an Iran that will feel even more empowered than in the past. Tehran has continued its illegal and illegal behavior in the region despite signing the 2015 JCPOA. No other country in the world behaves with the impunity that Iran appears to have.

In July, he used drones to kill two crew members on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Last month, it carried out a drone strike against the Tanf garrison of US forces in Syria.

If Iran were only spreading chaos in four countries in the region, that would be bad enough. But it also smuggles rockets, ballistic missiles, drones, and precision-guided munitions from Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. Israel’s exercise this week to prepare for a possible war is proof of the danger that Iran represents and how we must always remain on guard against this vicious and dangerous regime.

Iran’s ongoing plan is to keep the ball in our court and force Israel to act, constantly threatening Jerusalem from Yemen or Syria, Iraq or Lebanon. Meanwhile, the Jewish state is working closely with countries such as India, Greece, France, Germany, the US, and the UK on joint drills such as Blue Flag and a recent drill with US Marines. Eilat.

There needs to be a show of unity against Iran – that was the message Prime Minister Naftali Bennett delivered this week during talks at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

As Lahah Harkov of the Post reported, Bennett highlighted: During meetings with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bahrain Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, French President Emmanuel Macron, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández: the idea that countries that have bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic should take a stronger stance to pressure their new government.

Similarly, Iran must not become a problem of division between the United States and Israel. Recent talks Bennett had with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, as well as talks between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his US counterpart, Lloyd Austin, are crucial to keeping the two countries on the same page. same page regarding Iran.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has signaled that it will listen to Gulf partners regarding concerns about the Islamic Republic. This is in contrast to the Obama administration, which appeared to sideline Israel and other Middle Eastern partners and allies in the run-up to the 2015 deal.

That is an encouraging development, as talks with Iran appear to be on track to resume. Israel cannot derail them, but it can do everything it can to ensure that the countries involved are aware of the dangers.

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