Iran is maintaining a “hard line” at talks in Vienna to hammer out a nuclear agreement, and Israeli leaders do not believe world powers will be able to forge a deal by the late July deadline.
“The Iranians came without willingness to compromise, but with a desire to exploit this stage to soften and improve the opening positions of the other side,” Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters.
Steinitz, speaking on the second day of what may be the final round of talks in the discussions, led a high-level delegation to Washington on Monday, where he met with Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
He said his visit shows how important the talks are for Israel, “more even than the serious terrorism from Gaza and the murder of the youths and the problems on the northern border with Lebanon and Syria.”
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