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As Vienna talks resume, Israel, UK say they’re working jointly to block nuclear Iran

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Israel and the United Kingdom will work together ceaselessly to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, the foreign ministers of both countries declared Monday. Their comments came ahead of the signing later in the day of a bilateral agreement on broad cooperation, and as nuclear talks were set to resume in Vienna.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and his UK counterpart Liz Truss penned a joint piece published by the Daily Telegraph newspaper in which they discussed the upcoming inking of a memorandum of understanding. Lapid is currently in London for a two-day trip to the United Kingdom and France.

The two countries will “work night and day to prevent the Iranian regime from ever becoming a nuclear power,” they wrote, calling for other allies to join the effort.

“The clock is ticking, which heightens the need for close cooperation with our partners and friends to thwart Tehran’s ambitions,” they said.

“Many fear the skies are darkening worldwide due to the pandemic, the threat of terrorism and hostile actors seeking the upper hand,” the ministers wrote. “But we believe that with the right approach, freedom and democracy will prevail over malign forces.”

“We know the world has to be safe for freedom-loving democracies,” they added, noting the countries’ military cooperation in the form of joint air exercises and the July docking of British warship HMS........

© The Times of Israel

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