Don't yield to Iranian "nuclear blackmail," Israel urges powers

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, November 21, 2021. Abir Sultan Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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JERUSALEM, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Israel cautioned world powers on Monday to beware of what it described as Iranian "nuclear blackmail" as diplomats convened in Vienna to discuss resurrecting a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

"Today, Iran will be arriving at negotiations in Vienna with a clear goal: to end sanctions (on it) in exchange for almost nothing," Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear deal in 2018, prompting breaches by Iran of caps on its projects with bomb-making potential. The Iranians deny seeking nuclear arms.

Citing Iran's hostility to Israel and internal crackdowns, Bennett said: "Iran doesn't hide its intentions ... Such a murderous regime should not be rewarded."

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