Israel doesn’t see Iran nuclear deal happening before U.S. November mid-terms

Israel does not anticipate a renewal of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers before the U.S. mid-term elections in November, an Israeli official said on Sunday. This follows European parties to the negotiations voicing frustration with Tehran’s latest demands.

Israel previously supported then-U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from a 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and has since tried to convince the U.S. and other parties in the negotiations not to re-enter another deal.

On Saturday, Britain, France and Germany said they had “serious doubts” about Iran’s intentions after it tried to link a revival of the deal with a closure of U.N. watchdog probes into uranium traces at three of its nuclear sites.

Tehran called the European statement “unconstructive”.

“At this point in time, it appears that a nuclear agreement with Iran will not be signed at least until after the (U.S.) mid-term elections,” the Israeli official told Reuters reporters on condition of anonymity.

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