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November 25, 2021

Report: Israel Warns US Not to Settle for ‘Partial’ Nuclear Deal With Iran

Last week, reports said National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan floated the idea of an interim Iran nuclear deal in conversations with his Israeli counterpart, Eyal Hulata. US officials told the journal that the idea of a “less-for-less” deal was just “brainstorming” ahead of the new round of JCPOA talks that are set to start on November 29th.

There is a precedent for such a deal with Iran. In 2013, Iran agreed to stop enriching uranium at 20 percent in exchange for limited sanctions relief while the JCPOA was being negotiated. Earlier this year, in response to an Israeli covert attack, Iran began enriching some uranium at 60 percent, which is still lower than the 90 percent needed for weapons-grade. The JCPOA limited Iran’s enrichment to 3.67.

Israeli officials claim if the US strikes any sort of interim agreement, it would embolden Iran’s hardliners. But such a deal might be the only way forward since the Biden administration and the government of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi appear to be far apart on what they want. Iran wants the US to lift all sanctions that have been imposed since the US withdrew from the deal in 2018, but Biden officials have been clear they do not want to lift all Trump-era sanctions.

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