Iran talks, mines in the Red Sea, and a message from Jerusalem -analysis


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Iran talks, mines in the Red Sea, and a message from Jerusalem -analysis
Israel’s biggest problem with the JCPOA is that it does not actually stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
APRIL 7, 2021

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and aggression in the Middle East on Tuesday afternoon, it sounded like his usual shpiel – so much so that he even said “I’m not just paying lip service.” In that moment, it seemed that his key message, in remarks to a Likud faction meeting in the Knesset, was about the indirect talks in Vienna between Iran and the US to return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, facilitated by the parties to that deal.

“The danger that Iran will return – and this time with an international imprimatur – to a path that will allow it to develop a nuclear arsenal, is on our doorstep on this very day,” he said. “We cannot go back to the dangerous nuclear plan.” Yet there was something else happening that day, far from Vienna, on the Red Sea, between the shores of Yemen and Djibouti. Limpet mines caused an explosion in the hull of the Saviz, a cargo ship used as a sea base by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. American officials said Jerusalem notified Washington of its responsibility for the attack, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported.