Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz told EU ambassadors that “we all share the goal of preventing a nuclear Iran, even while there might be differing approaches to achieving that goal. Iran is close to nuclear capacity and that would be a global problem”. He further argued that “any American administration will act to prevent Iranian nuclear capacity, whether through new or existing means. We must continue to apply a maximum pressure policy, while also communicating directly with the Iranian people”. “Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons could potentially spark a regional arms race and not every agreement will necessarily bring about the desired outcome”, Gantz warned. Relatedly, an Israeli minister opined that a potential U.S. return to the JCPOA under a Biden administration could be “something that will lead to a confrontation between Israel and Iran”.
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