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President Hassan Rouhani announces that Iran will begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges, Pardis, Iran. President Hassan Rouhani at a ceremony to inaugurate the Azadi Innovation Factory, where he announced that Iran will begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges, Pardis, Iran, Nov. 5, 2019 (Office of the Iranian Presidency photo via AP).

Iran Is Getting Closer to a Nuclear Bomb, Thanks to Trump

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019

When President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal last year and reimposed economic sanctions on Tehran, he justified it on the basis that the agreement did not go far enough to keep Iran from permanently acquiring nuclear weapons. Yet rather than give in to Trump’s pressure, Iran is responding by restarting nuclear activities that the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, had successfully frozen.

Trump and others in his administration haven’t just focused on Iran’s nuclear program, though, pointing to other issues of concern with Tehran, including its missile tests, support for terrorism, and adventurism in the Middle East. They have issued blanket demands to Iran to give it all up, in what amounts to a wish list from Washington. But if the goal really is more restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, it is unlikely to be delivered just by economic sanctions. If the underlying goal is regime change instead, as many suspect, then the odds of sanctions alone leading to that are even more remote. ...

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