Iran Receives US Response to Nuclear Deal Draft, Lapid Decries Deal
Iran received the US government’s response to the latest demands from Tehran in nuclear negotiations, via the talks’ EU coordinator on Wednesday, August 24.
Tehran made the demands the previous week after the EU tabled what it said was a final draft of the agreement. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said the Islamic Republic began a “detailed review of the American side’s comments and… will announce its views in this regard to the coordinator after completing the review.”
Prime Minister Yair Lapid had earlier said US President Joe Biden would not be fulfilling his commitment to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon if it joins the Iran deal as it stands. “In our eyes, [the Iran deal] does not meet the standards set by President Biden himself: preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear state,” he said.
At the same time, Lapid said the US and Israel maintain an open dialogue. “I appreciate their willingness to listen and work together,” he said. “The United States is and will remain our closest ally, and President Biden is one of the best friends Israel has ever known.” In recent days Lapid also spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whose countries are parties to the Iran talks. He said he has a “close, almost daily, dialogue with the UK.” (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you protect us from a nuclear war and that you help us make international agreements that will prevent such a possibility.”
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