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Iran official warns of possible Israeli 'acts of mischief' to derail Vienna talks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo taken on December 9, 2021 shows a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria. (By Xinhua)

An Iranian security official has warned about “acts of mischief” by Israel against Iran amid “relatively successful” negotiations going on between the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal aimed at removing sanctions on Tehran.

"Some unevaluated news, which we will take into consideration in a separate opportunity, suggests that the Zionist regime is examining to conduct acts of mischief against the Islamic Republic,” the informed official told Iran’s Nour news agency.

“The probability of this occurrence is not far from expected given the regime's acts of mischief in the past meant to damage the talks between Iran and other JCPOA members,” he added, referring to reports about an order by Israeli minister of military affairs, Benny Gantz, to the army to prepare for the possibility of a military strike on Iran.

Iran and the P4+1 group of countries that comprises the UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany have held several rounds of talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

The negotiations are aimed at removing the sanctions that the United States reimposed against Tehran in 2018 after leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, announced on Twitter Friday that “good progress” had been made, and that the discussions would continue after a “break of a few days.”

The security official said, “The relatively successful trend of the Vienna talks can strengthen the motivation of the [Israeli] regime to carry out acts of mischief.”

He warned that a malicious Israeli act, which could be designed to mount pressure on Iran to give in to the West’s excessive demands, would definitely afflict the United States as the Tel Aviv regime is a strategic partner of Washington and the Western countries participating in the Vienna talks.

"If the objective of the Zionist regime is an act of mischief against Iran's nuclear facilities, it will inevitably have a negative and deterrent effect on Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” he said.

“Based on their inherent duties, the country’s military and security forces will take any possible threats seriously and increase the level of necessary preparations to deal with them.”

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