Israel on Wednesday reportedly pressed world powers to reject an alleged Iranian offer, expected to be made during the second round of nuclear talks in Geneva starting Thursday, to halt a portion of its disputed nuclear program in exchange for the West's easing of sanctions on the Islamic Republic, AFP reported.
"Israel in the last few hours has learned that a proposal will be brought before the P5+1 in Geneva in which Iran will cease all enrichment at 20 percent and slow down work on the heavy water reactor in Arak, and will receive in return the easing of sanctions," an anonymous Israeli official told AFP. The official added that, "Israel thinks this is a bad deal and will oppose it strongly".
Iran was set to meet Thursday and Friday with the so-called P5+1 powers - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany.
"Israel's assessment is that the P5+1 is in a position of strength. The sanctions are hurting Iran, Iran is feeling the pressure and the P5+1 has the capability to compel Iran to end all enrichment and to stop construction of the facility in Arak," AFP quoted the official as saying.