Nuclear negotiations between Iran and six countries have resumed in Geneva. It’s the third time they’ve come together in a month to try to hammer out a deal that would curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for reduced economic sanctions. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad sounded upbeat about the renewed talks and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s postponement of a scheduled visit to Israel this week is fueling speculation again that an accord is indeed near.
The issue, however, is driving a wedge between the U.S. and Israel in what some observers are calling one of the biggest dispute between the two allies in 30 years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that any nuclear deal with Iran short of banning its nuclear program outright would be a threat to Israel’s safety.
Adding to all the moving pieces are two bombings against the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, which killed 23 people including a diplomat. An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for the attacks in retaliation for Hezbollah’s support of the Assad regime in the ongoing Syrian civil war.
Patrick McDonnell, Beirut Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times
John Hudson, National security staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine