Following Iran’s aid to Russia in its war in Ukraine and the former’s continued uranium enrichment, the Biden administration imposed new sanctions on Tehran and expressed support for protesters against the Iranian regime. “There is no diplomacy right now with regard to the Iran deal,” said John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
Over the past few days, Iran has told international inspectors that it plans to begin producing nuclear fuel at a level very close to a bomb. The Iranians do the uranium enrichment in the depths of the earth under a mountain that is topographically difficult to bomb, although Israel and the US have repeatedly sabotaged the plant according to foreign publications.
Iranian forces have fired on anti-regime protesters, supplied Russia with drones for its war in Ukraine, and several Western intelligence agencies suspect that Iran is negotiating to produce missiles for Russia’s depleted arsenal as well. The United States on Tuesday accused Iran of yet another violation of Iraqi sovereignty when it carried out attacks in the region Kurdistan, according to an analysis presented in the New York Times newspaper.
“There is no diplomacy right now with regard to the Iran deal,” John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said last month. “We’re at an impasse right now, and we’re not focusing on that.” Henry Rome, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said that the scope of the threat goes far beyond the issue that worries Pentagon officials in particular: the transfer of the most worrisome nuclear enrichment activity to the underground facility in Fordov that was built a decade ago.
The Iranians sought, unsuccessfully, a commitment that the United States would not unilaterally withdraw from the agreement again. And they knew that once they re-entered the agreement, most of the nuclear fuel that Iran had accumulated in response to Trump’s decision would have to leave the country, and then came the street protests against the Iranian regime, and the agreement with Russia that actually put Iran, along with Belarus, on the axis of evil with the Russians, all of which led the U.S. “B to drop the attempt to bring about an agreement with Iran.
The biggest concern for Israel and many in the United States was Iran’s announcement that it would begin enriching nuclear fuel to a level of 60% inside Fordov, the facility it built inside a mountain, on a military base, after cyber attacks and physical attacks on the Natanz reactor. During the nuclear negotiations that lasted from 2013 to 2015, the Obama administration tried to shut down the Fordov site. Chief negotiator Wendy Sherman, now deputy secretary of state, said the failure to do so was among her biggest disappointments.
The New York Times writes: “Now the question arises as to whether the new and more hawkish government that Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to establish in Israel will press for an attack on the nuclear facility that will be difficult to destroy except with very large bombs that break through bunkers.” The article states that “Both the United States and Israel were training to attack this facility.”