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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 16, 2020 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).

Iran Is Already Raising the Stakes for Biden in the Middle East

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

Just days into the new year, Iran announced that “a couple of hours ago,” it had started enriching uranium to 20 percent—a level that experts say would put it within a six-month sprint of converting its entire nuclear stockpile to bomb-grade material. Tehran’s move Monday raises the pressure on President-elect Joe Biden, whose administration now has no time to waste in facing an adversary signaling that it has no intention of warmly embracing Biden’s diplomatic outreach.

Iran is raising the stakes for Biden in the waning days of the Trump administration, trying to set the timetable for nuclear negotiations even though it is, in fact, the weaker party. Despite emerging debilitated from Donald Trump’s presidency, Iran is showing it still has cards to play. ...

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