US defence chief in Israel amid Iran nuclear talks

Austin’s two-day go to comes simply days after talks restarted on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

US Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin has arrived in Israel on the primary go to by a senior consultant of President Joe Biden’s administration, whose stance on Iran has nervous Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities.

Israel views the US as a “full accomplice” and can work intently with its ally to make sure any new diplomatic accord with Iran doesn’t compromise regional safety, Defence Minister Benny Gantz informed his US counterpart on Sunday.

Austin informed his host that Washington views their alliance as central to regional safety in addition to “enduring and ironclad”.

Austin’s two-day go to comes simply days after talks restarted on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Washington stated it supplied “very critical” concepts on reviving the hobbled settlement that’s staunchly opposed by Israel.

Austin was to fulfill Netanyahu throughout the go to, which officers stated would come with discussions of US arms provides to Israel.

Netanyahu has been a fierce critic of the Iran nuclear deal, relationship again to when it was being negotiated throughout Barack Obama’s administration.

The Israeli prime minister applauded when former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, which responded by stepping again from a number of of its commitments beneath the deal.


Within the newest breach of its undertakings within the troubled settlement, Tehran introduced on Saturday that it began up superior uranium enrichment centrifuges.

President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated a cascade of 164 IR-6 centrifuges for producing enriched uranium, in addition to two check cascades – of 30 IR-5 and 30 IR-6S gadgets respectively – at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant, in a ceremony broadcast by state tv.

An “accident” came about at Natanz on Sunday however precipitated no casualties or harm, the Fars Information Company reported.

Iran’s Press TV stated an electrical energy drawback had precipitated an incident on the Natanz underground website, with out casualties or air pollution.

An engineer performs a mechanical check on nuclear gear on Saturday [File: Iran President’s Office]

Iran key situation

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, reporting from West Jerusalem, stated Iran tops the agenda to be mentioned throughout Austin’s go to.

“The edges have very completely different units of coverage priorities on the Iran situation,” Fawcett stated.

He added whereas the Biden administration and Iran are eager on going again to the nuclear take care of sure situations, Israel continues to say there ought to be no return.

Netanyahu stated on Wednesday that Israel wouldn’t be sure to an accord that may allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

“An settlement with Iran that may pave the way in which to nuclear weapons – weapons that threaten our extinction – wouldn’t compel us in any means,” stated the prime minister.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceable functions solely.

Biden has stated he’s ready to return to the settlement, arguing the deal had – till Washington’s withdrawal – been profitable in dramatically scaling again Iran’s nuclear actions.

However the US has demanded Iranian motion again in direction of compliance whereas Tehran has insisted on a right away finish to all American sanctions, with either side demanding the opposite make the primary transfer.

Israel and Iran have in latest weeks reported sabotage to their ships at sea. Syria has accused Israel of air assaults on its territory the place Iranian-backed forces are stationed.

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