Israel believes that the JCPOA will not stop Iran from creating nuclear weapons

Samples of missiles on the background of a portrait of Supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Archive photo

The planned conclusion of the JCPOA will not stop Iran towards nuclear weapons, said the Minister of defense of the Jewish state benny Gantz at a meeting with heads of leading think tanks in Washington during his visit to the United States, reported the press service of the Minister.”Iran acquired knowledge, infrastructure and capability, and it is irreversible. This will allow Iran to expand its nuclear program in the period of the agreement which will have fewer restrictions. Iran will be able to obtain a nuclear weapon, when the agreement expires in 2031,” said Gantz at the meeting.

Ganz also suggested that the improved site at Fordow, Iran can enrich uranium to 90% within a few weeks. According to the Minister, Iran has thousands of advanced centrifuges to do this, and restricts the control of the IAEA for these objects.

According to Ganz, between the United States and Israel continues the dialogue on the nuclear agreement with Tehran. The defense Minister of Israel also has accused Iran of financing terrorist groups operating in the middle East.

“Iran provides more than a billion dollars to its Trustees in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Gaza. The group “Hezbollah”, which causes damage to Lebanon and threatens Israel receives more than half a billion dollars a year. Iran also provides more than 100 million USD per year groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Thus, regardless of future scenarios, it is necessary to take action against the Iranian puppets that threaten the entire middle East region,” the Minister said.

Thursday Ganz began a visit to the United States, which held meetings at CENTCOM, and on Friday at a meeting with the adviser to the head of the United States national security Jake Sullivan introduced measures to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, they also discussed the strengthening of defence cooperation between the US and Israel.

In 2015, the UK, Germany, China, Russia, USA, France and Iran signed the nuclear deal – the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program, which involves the removal of sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program. In may 2018 the United States when Donald trump withdrew from JCPOA and reinstated sanctions against Tehran. In response, Iran announced the phasing out its obligations under the agreement, refusing to restrictions in nuclear research, centrifuges and uranium enrichment.

Took place in Vienna negotiations on the renewal of the JCPOA and the lifting of sanctions of Washington against Tehran. In December 2021, the parties reached agreement on the two draft agreements that the European side is turned on and the position of Iran. According to the Iranian representative Bagheri Kani, the negotiations were successful, however, the representative of the US state Department, Ned Price appreciated the progress in Vienna as a modest, urging Tehran to treat the issue seriously. With the return of the parties to their capitals at the end of March, the negotiations were suspended. Iran’s foreign Ministry accused the us administration. The next round of negotiations on the JCPOA was held in Doha on June 29-30.