Israel Asks World to Immediately Stop Iran Nuclear Talks

The government of Israel on Thursday asked world leaders to immediately stop nuclear talks with Iran, following a report that Iran has started producing enriched uranium with more advanced centrifuges.

“Iran is carrying out nuclear blackmail as a negotiating tactic, and this should be answered by the immediate halt to negotiations and the implementation of tough steps by the world powers,” Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office quoted him as saying in a call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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

In a video interview on Thursday with Israel’s YNet news website, the country’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz said he had hoped that US President Joe Biden would make good on a promise not to let Iran obtain nuclear weapons.

“I don’t think we are alone. I do think we always have to prepare for the moment when we may find ourselves alone. I say again, an attack (on Iran) is an option. It doesn’t have to be the first one,” said Gantz

Iran and major powers are currently trying to revive a 2015 deal under which Tehran limited its nuclear program in exchange for relief from US, E.U., and UN economic sanctions.

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