AIPAC opposes relief for Iran in talks extension

AIPAC said it was “deeply disappointed” in the terms extending the Iran nuclear talks for four months.

“Despite our support for talks, we note that Tehran has yet to indicate a willingness to dismantle any element of its nuclear infrastructure,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said in a statement in response to the extension of the July 20 deadline to Nov. 24.

“We are concerned that rather than coming into compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions, Iran will try to use the recently announced extension of talks to break the international coalition and advance its nuclear weapons program,” the July 21 statement said. “We are deeply disappointed that the P5+1 has offered even more economic relief to Iran.”

The P5+1 refers to Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany, the major powers negotiating with Iran since January to come up with a long-term sanctions relief for nuclear rollback formula.

“Economic pressure brought Tehran to the negotiating table, and increased pressure is critical to any reasonable prospect for reaching a good agreement,” AIPAC said.

Iran seeks to keep its centrifuges while subjecting them to an inspections regimen. The United States wants Iran to dismantle a majority of the centrifuges and impose a tough inspections regimen on those remaining. Israel says the centrifuges should be totally dismantled. — jta