Rafael Grossi, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)ís secretary-general (c), meets in Vienna, Austria on February 15, 2022, with Joshua Zarka, an Israeli foreign ministry official (L), and David Nussbaum, the regimeís envoy to the IAEA. (Via Fars News Agency)
With the talks in Vienna having entered a sensitive stage, the Israeli regime appears to be attempting to sabotage the diplomatic process between Iran and the P4+1 countries in Vienna on revitalizing the 2015 agreement, a report says.
The Noor News website, which is affiliated with Iranís top security body, the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), sounded the alarm on Tuesday after an Israeli delegation held separate meetings with the United Nations nuclear watchdogís secretary-general and Russiaís permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna.
"Zionistsí clear and unexpected presence in Vienna is undoubtedly a prohibitive element in the way of the progress of the Vienna talks in the current sensitive circumstances," the website tweeted on Tuesday.
"The dialogue between the representatives of the Zionist regime and [Rafael] Grossi and [Mikhail] Ulyanov, whatever its objective might have been, is a step towards the inherently destructive role of this regime," it added.
The Israeli delegation that met Grossi and Ulyanov featured Joshua Zarka, an Israeli foreign ministry official, and David Nussbaum, the regimeís envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), among others.
Ulyanov described the meeting with the Israeli envoy as "a very good meeting and interesting conversation." Zarka thanked the Russian envoy "for a frank and important discussion."
The Israeli regime has invariably opposed Iranís peaceful nuclear activities. It acted as the driving force behind the former US administrationís departure from the deal in 2018.
Over the years, the regime has assassinated at least seven Iranian nuclear scientists and conducted several sabotage operations against the Islamic Republicís nuclear facilities.
In line with its attempts to cast Iranís nuclear program in a bad light, the regimeís successive officials have been running a raucous propaganda campaign to sabotage the Islamic Republicís nuclear activities.
This is while the regime itself is the Middle East regionís sole nuclear arms possessor that, thanks to US backing, has evaded joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The meetings involving the Israeli officials came right after Grossi called the achieving of an agreement in Vienna "possible."
Ulyanov added that his meeting with the Israeli officials saw them discussing "a number of most topical issues, including in the context of the forthcoming session of IAEA Board of Governors."
Observers warned that Tel Aviv might be trying to railroad the Board of Governors into adopting an anti-Iranian stance.