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September 18, 2014 12:53 pm

Iran Shows ‘No Real Flexibility’ in Nuclear Talks, Israel Says

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The Iran nuclear program's Arak heavy-water reactor. Photo: Nanking2012/Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israel is “deeply concerned” because Iran is showing “no real flexibility” in negotiations over its nuclear program, Israeli Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Wednesday ahead of the resumption of talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 powers in New York.

“The reason that we are deeply concerned is that we feel that the negotiation is going wrong, going in the wrong direction,” Steinitz told reporters in Jerusalem. “So far the Iranians have shown no real flexibility on the two main issues: the issue of the centrifuge facilities, centrifuges for the enrichment of uranium, and the heavy-water reactor in Arak.”

After failing to reach a final agreement by a July deadline, Iran and the P5+1 powers extended the nuclear talks to Nov. 24.

“We are deeply concerned that a deal might be a bad deal,” Steinitz said. “And therefore we want to re-emphasize President Obama’s very important principle… that, in this case, no deal is better than a bad deal.”

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