Confrontation looms between the U.S. and Iran

Confrontation looms between the U.S. and Iran

| Friday 25 November 2022

NYT

As recently as the summer, American officials still had hopes of reviving the nuclear deal with Iran. Those days now seem very far away: In the past week, Iran has told international inspectors that it plans to begin making near-bomb-grade nuclear fuel deep inside a mountain. It also intends to dramatically expand its nuclear fuel production.
These announcements came after weeks of violence, in which Iranian forces shot or locked up antigovernment protesters and provided Russia with drones for its war in Ukraine. Some intelligence agencies suspect it may also be negotiating to produce missiles for Russia’s depleted arsenal.
A new era of direct confrontation with Iran has burst into the open. President Biden’s hope of re-entering the nuclear deal has all but died. National security meetings now focus on how to undermine Iran’s nuclear plans, support protesters and interrupt the country’s supply chain of weapons to Russia, officials said.
Quotable: “There is no diplomacy right now underway with respect to the Iran deal,” John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, said last month. “We are at an impasse right now, and we’re not focused on that.”

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