- President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo, and General Milley were said to have attended.
- It is said that those present at the meeting opposed such attacks and warned of such uncontrolled dimensions.
- Joe Biden has stated that the United States will return to the nuclear deal and will offer Tehran a "reliable way" to return to the negotiating table.
Two months before the end of his term in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has been investigating an attack on an Iranian nuclear facility. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also spoke about this issue after the publication of the results related to the US presidential election.
The news of the option of a military attack on one of Iran’s nuclear facilities by President Trump has been published by the New York Times. The newspaper reported that the current US president had considered such a possibility two months before handing over the White House to Joe Biden.
AFP published a report from Washington on Tuesday referring to a November 12th meeting at the White House. The New York Times reported that President Trump, in the presence of a number of senior US political and military officials, raised the issue of an attack on an Iranian nuclear facility.
Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are said to have attended the meeting. In addition, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has consulted with President Trump.
Attack on Natanz
President Trump had asked about the possibility of a military strike on Iran’s main nuclear facilities in the coming weeks. He had suggested such an option, citing a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on increasing Iran-enriched uranium reserves.
According to the IAEA, Iran’s concentrated uranium reserves are currently 12 times higher than those envisaged in the nuclear deal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also raised the issue after the announcement of the US election results.
It is said that those present at the meeting opposed such attacks and warned of such uncontrolled dimensions. The New York Times reported that such an attack could have targeted the Natanz nuclear facility.
It should be noted that in response to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the Islamic Republic of Iran has gradually reduced the obligations envisaged in the IAEA Board. Germany, France and the United Kingdom have all tried to salvage the nuclear deal, despite the US withdrawal.
The leaders of the three countries are now working with China and Russia in the hope that a shift in US leadership will pave the way for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.
It should be noted that the Trump administration has intensified sanctions against Iran in the last weeks of its rule. The Trump administration’s efforts are aimed at making it difficult to lift the sanctions envisaged by the next US administration.
Joe Biden and the Possibility of Returning to Barjam
President-Elect Joe Biden has stated that the United States will return to the nuclear deal and will offer Tehran a “reliable way” to return to the negotiating table.
Opponents of the nuclear deal in the region argue that the Islamic Republic is not a credible partner, and that the IAEA Board’s oversight mechanism for verifying Iran’s nuclear activities is ineffective. They also see Iran’s missile program as worrying.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly called the oversight mechanism envisaged in the nuclear talks “ineffective,” and said “disagreeing is better than a bad deal.”
The five remaining countries in the nuclear deal (Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany), especially the three European countries in support of the IAEA, say the nuclear deal is the best way to continue monitoring and prolong the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.