The Vienna talks on the revival to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have stalled as Tehran welcomes a new administration after electing a new president, Ebrahim Raisi.
Tel Aviv is reportedly seeking to work with the United States on scenarios in the event of Tehran completely exiting the 2015 nuclear deal, Axios reported Thursday, citing Israeli officials familiar with a conversation between Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and CIA Director Bill Burns.
According to the report, the Israeli intelligence community has raised concerns that the possibility of Iran returning to the JCPOA deal after the election of its new president, Ebrahim Raisi, is declining.
A Wednesday meeting between Bennett and Burns, according to Axios, was a part of the preparations for a Bennet-Biden rendezvous scheduled for later this month in Washington. Burns reportedly shared skepticism voiced by the Israeli side regarding Iran’s return to the JCPOA.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Wednesday that a possible “plan B” was being discussed with the US and “our European allies”.
Tel Aviv’s Scenarios For a Nuclear Iran
israel has consistently mulled scenarios based on unproven claims that Iran intends to develop a nuclear weapon. In January, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) chief Aviv Kochavi announced that he had ordered the military to come up with updated operational plans to thwart the possibility of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.
In February, according to Israeli…