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Iran Talks Extended Yet Again as Negotiators Seek Framework Accord

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EU ministers during negotiations on the Iranian nuclear deal. Nuclear talks were once again extended, this time until the end of June. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Representatives of the p5+1 powers and Iran are continuing to negotiate the details of a potential nuclear deal, two days after the original March 31 deadline for an interim deal.

According to Reza Marashi, research director of the National Iranian American Council, the issues still being negotiated are “U.N. Security Council resolutions and research and development of Iran’s nuclear program.”

“Iranians want all six U.N. Security Council resolutions to be terminated. The P5+1 have other ideas about whether or not that’s a good idea. And then on research and development, Iran would like to increase the amount of research and development that it carries out on different technical aspects of its nuclear program over the duration of any deal that is signed. And the P5+1 would like to freeze as much of Iran’s nuclear program as possible over the duration of any deals,” Marashi told Israel Hayom.

Meanwhile, the head of the Israel Defense Forces Planning Directorate Maj. Gen. Nimrod Sheffer warned of the perils of the nuclear deal currently being negotiated between Iran and key world powers.

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“The agreement, the way it is coming together at this time, will not be good for Israel. If ultimately an agreement is in fact signed, we will have to ask ourselves, ‘Okay, what are we going to do with this?’ If someone builds a bomb and at the same time declares that Israel has no right to exist, we have to think about how to respond,” he said.

“Right now we have no partner in our efforts to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions. You asked me what Israel would do if it had to do something about it, and my answer is that Israel would do whatever is right for Israel,” he added.

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