Lapid to US, Europe: Walk away from Iran talks or look weak


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Lapid to US, Europe: Walk away from Iran talks or look weak
The renewed deal, as drafted by the EU, does not extend the JCPOA’s nonproliferation benefits, while offering the same sanctions relief as in 2015.
Published: AUGUST 18, 2022

The West will show weakness if it does not stop nuclear talks with Iran now, Prime Minister Lapid told American and European interlocutors on Thursday. According to a very senior diplomatic source, “The EU sent Iran a final offer, which does not comport with the principles to which the Americans committed, and established that the offer was ‘take it or leave it.’ Iran refuses the offer, and therefore the time has come to get up and go. Anything else sends a message of weakness.”

Lapid relayed that message to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides and chairman of the US Congressional Subcommittee on the Middle East Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Florida) on Thursday, according to the source. National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata plans to do the same in meetings in Washington next week.