Israel, widely believed to be the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear power, has staunchly opposed easing sanctions and its supporters in the US Congress could come out against even marginal concessions to Iran.
Ahead of the talks yesterday, Israel urged world powers to reject what it said was an Iranian offer to partly cut back its nuclear program in return for a reduction of sanctions.
“Israel in the last few hours has learned that a proposal will be brought before the P5+1 in Geneva in which Iran will cease all enrichment at 20 percent and slow down work on the heavy water reactor in Arak, and will receive in return the easing of sanctions,” an official said on condition of anonymity.
“Israel thinks this is a bad deal and will oppose it strongly,” the official said.
Iran’s enrichment of uranium to 20 percent has been a particular source of concern as it is seen as a key step on the way to the 90 percent level required for a nuclear weapon.