The British newspapers reported on the possibility of a resumption of the nuclear talks between Iran and the United States, as well as a major oil spill in Israel that could lead to an environmental disaster.
The beginning is with a report in the Financial Times by Katrina Manson and his star Bozorghammer and Michael Bell, titled “The inspection agreement with Iran opens a window for nuclear talks with the United States.”
The report says that this agreement “leaves room for face-to-face talks between Washington and Tehran about reviving the agreement that the administration of former President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.”
Diplomats and analysts warn that such negotiations are still far from being guaranteed, and that major disagreements remain over the sequence of the possible US return to the agreement, and the scope of what the updated agreement may require from Iran, according to the report.
The report believes that “the concessions reached last week by the United States and Iran provide the first indications that the two sides may be ready to soften the absolute positions on returning to the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted some sanctions in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.”
He considers that “theoretically, the joint committee, which supervises the implementation of the deal and is chaired by the European Union, can be assigned to the sequence of reciprocal steps.”
“We are making decisions that we believe will help get diplomacy back on track,” a US official told the Financial Times.
“Iran insists that the United States should return unconditionally to the 2015 agreement,” the report adds. “The centrist President Hassan Rouhani reiterated last week that the policy of the Islamic Republic was,” If the Americans take one step, we also take one step, and if the Americans take all steps together, We will also take all steps together. “
‘Severe environmental disaster’
We turn to a report in the Telegraph by Abe Chaisman and James Rothwell, entitled “Israel issues a gag order on an oil spill behind the” most severe environmental disaster “in its history.
The report indicates that Israel imposed a non-publication order, regarding “sensitive details related to its investigation of a major oil spill that led to the blackening of beaches, which experts say is one of the worst environmental disasters in its history.”
“After the winter storms that covered the cities of the Middle East with rare snow last week, strong winds and heavy waves covered the Israeli shores with at least a thousand tons of tar, which was suspected to have come from an oil leak from a ship tens of miles from the shore.”
“In an unusual step, an Israeli court issued a gag order on Monday regarding the investigation, preventing the media from reporting any details that could identify the suspects, the ships, their cargo, their destination and the port of departure,” he explains.
“The publications at this sensitive stage could harm a complex investigation with international aspects,” said the Environmental Protection Ministry, which is investigating the leak along with European agencies.
Officials said oil, which was first noticed infiltrating the beaches on Thursday, had washed away 160 km from Israel’s 190 km coastline by Sunday.
Ruth Yahl, a marine ecologist at the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, told the Hebrew news site Zaman Yisrael that she believes that no more than 5 to 10 percent of small organisms will survive in the near-shore ecosystem.
Water has also washed away a 55-foot-long whale ashore since the spill. Israeli vets said they were investigating whether he died from ingesting tar.
But there were warnings that the spill had caused an almost catastrophic amount of damage to marine life, although it will take some time before the full extent of the damage becomes clear.
And we conclude with another report on the same case by Oliver Holmes, this time in The Guardian, with the title “It will take decades to clean up: An oil spill devastates the eastern Mediterranean.”
The writer says, “Environmentalists warned of a catastrophe, after beach goers found young turtles and fish covered in black.”
“After some civilian volunteers who cleaned up over the weekend entered the hospital, possibly inhaling toxic fumes, officials warned of continuing organized efforts with appropriate protective equipment,” he added.
He explains that the investigators were hoping that they might “find a very large evidence that was washed away by the waves on the coast of southern Israel late last week: a whale of 17 meters long.”
The autopsy found oily liquid in its lungs, and although it was certainly not related, analyzing when the whale dies may help indicate a time frame for the spill, according to the report.
The writer believes that “it is possible that the state already has a good idea of the official, but is postponing announcing it, perhaps due to diplomatic sensitivities or corporate sensitivity.”
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