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Lapid: Iran wants more funds for terror, will keep advancing nuclear program

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As the seventh round of Vienna talks on Iran’s nuclear program begins Monday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid argued that Tehran had no intention of stopping its nuclear program.

“The Iranians are coming to these talks for only one reason — to get sanctions lifted,” Lapid said after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with his British counterpart Liz Truss in London. “They need money. For Hezbollah, for the Revolutionary Guards, for their global terrorist network, and for their continued race towards a nuclear weapon.”

Israel’s top diplomat posited that Tehran’s strategy in Vienna is to “play for time, earn billions from the removal of sanctions, continue to deceive the world, and covertly advance their nuclear program.”

Lapid called for tighter sanctions on Iran, tighter supervision of nuclear sites, and for talks with Iran to be “conducted from a position of strength.”

European Union-sponsored negotiations aimed at saving an unraveling 2015 nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran were set to restart Monday in Vienna. Israel is reportedly pressing parties to the discussions, including the UK, to condition them on Tehran’s cessation of uranium enrichment.

Lapid also spoke about the MOU he signed with Truss, saying that it will lead to a free trade agreement, increased security cooperation and joint development of hi-tech projects.

“This agreement is not just a win-win, but a must-must,” Lapid said.

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