The Nuclear Talks in Vienna: Iran’s Procrastination (INSS)

Sima Shine writes for INSS: Iran is not in a hurry to return to the nuclear talks with the United States and will not return to negotiations before President-elect Ebrahim Raisi takes office. In the meantime, Tehran is accumulating important knowledge and experience for a decision to progress toward nuclear weapons, and in the international arena there is increasing doubt regarding the chance of renewing the nuclear deal. Under the auspices of the dialogue underway in Vienna, Iran is progressing on uranium enrichment to high levels, uranium metal production, and the operation of advanced centrifuges. The United States and Israel must prepare an alternative to the diplomatic path, which could come to an end. It is important to strengthen American deterrence vis-à-vis Iran, in part in order to strengthen those in Tehran who support returning to the deal.

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