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Former head of the Mossad: the chances of success in the Vienna negotiations are slim

With the resumption of negotiations in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear program nearing the end of this month, former Israeli Mossad head Yossi Cohen has put in doubt the chances of their success, noting that they are slim.

Kohi justified this by stating that the current Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, is more radical than his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani, in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Sunday.

He also made it clear that Raisi is more extremist in his regional views, noting that “he was not sure that Iran would accept a deal”.

Cohen described the negotiations as a futile move, but with only little chance of actual success.

‘It is not too late’

Likewise, the former official responded to assessments by some former senior officials that it was too late to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state.

“It is never too late. We have to adapt, in our minds, to saying that Israel will not allow the Iranians to have a military nuclear capability,” he said.

In response to a question about Israel’s ability to carry out a military strike against Iran on its own, Cohen replied: “I think Israel should have the ability to fight alone.”

Vienna negotiations (archive - AFP)
Vienna negotiations (archive – AFP)

Iran abides by its terms

The former official’s statements came with the start of the countdown for the start of nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, which are expected to resume on November 29 (2021).

Additionally, many Western diplomats have warned in recent days, according to Reuters, that time is running out for efforts to revive the deal, from which former US President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018.

While Tehran, after six round previous, is still clinging to the issue of lifting the US sanctions that have been imposed on it, as the goal of that negotiating table.

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