UK, Israel vow to stop Iran’s N-ambitions


Israel and Britain will sign a 10-year agreement on Monday to work closely on areas such as cybersecurity, technology, trade and defence, according to the Telegraph…reports Asian Lite News.

Britain and Israel will “work night and day” in preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, the foreign ministers of the two countries wrote in a joint article.

“The clock is ticking, which heightens the need for close cooperation with our partners and friends to thwart Tehran’s ambitions,” the UK’s Liz Truss and her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid wrote in the Telegraph newspaper on Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said earlier in the day that his country was “very worried” that world powers will remove sanctions on Iran in exchange for insufficient caps on its nuclear programme, as negotiators convene in Vienna on Monday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, Israel and Britain will sign a 10-year agreement on Monday to work closely on areas such as cybersecurity, technology, trade and defence, according to the Telegraph.

The foreign ministers added in the article that Israel will officially become Britain’s “tier one” cyber partner, in a bid to improve its cyber defences as countries around the world face increased threats.

Iran to take serious part in Vienna JCPOA talks

Despite the US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, Tehran will be seriously involved in the Vienna negotiations over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program on November 29, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday.

The minister had a phone call with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday. The statemen discussed the forthcoming negotiations on the JCPOA revival and lifting US sanctions against Iran in Vienna.

“Despite a breach of the agreement between the United States of America and three European states on the JCPOA, we will seriously and with a good faith participate in the Vienna negotiations and we want a good and verifiable agreement,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry quoted Amir-Abdollahian.

The minister emphasized that it was possible to reach a solid agreement very soon if other parties return to their full commitments and lift sanctions against Iran. The United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France and Iran signed the JCPOA in 2015. The nuclear deal was a guarantee that Tehran will not develop nuclear weapons by restricting the Iranian nuclear program. In exchange, parties to the agreement offered to lift sanctions against Iran.

In 2018, the US withdrew from the agreement, provoking Iran to gradually drawback from commitments on the limitations of the nuclear program. The sixth round of negotiations on the JCPOA was finished in Vienna in June. The seventh-round will begin on November 29. Permanent Representative of Russia to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said the deal is almost sealed and only political issues regarding the US commitment to the deal were to be discussed. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in October that the US was ready to conduct faithful negotiations with Iran on the nuclear deal.

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