Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid left for Germany today in his latest diplomatic bid to persuade Western powers to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. Israel has long opposed reviving the 2015 accord, which has been frozen since then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 and reimposed heavy sanctions on Tehran.
The accumulated momentum in favor of restoring the deal since last month seems to have slowed down after yesterday the three parties to the agreement – Germany, France and Great Britain – expressed serious doubts about Iran’s sincerity.
Berlin, Paris and London accused Tehran of “choosing not to take advantage of this critical diplomatic opportunity,” adding that “instead, Iran continues to escalate its nuclear program far beyond any plausible justification” that it is doing so with civil purposes.
Iran, for its part, rejected as “unconstructive” the statement of France, Germany and Great Britain.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani advised the three European countries “to play a more active role in finding solutions to end the few remaining differences.”
During a government meeting before flying to the German capital, Yair Lapid thanked the three countries for their “firm position”.
In Lapid’s words, “Israel is conducting a successful diplomatic campaign to stop the nuclear agreement and prevent the lifting of sanctions against Iran.” “Nothing is over yet,” the prime minister added, stressing that it is important to continue the coordination of positions and to influence the European position on the subject.
Lapid’s program includes meetings with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Foreign Minister Analena Berbock and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.