Iranian nuclear program

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Iran Has Defiant Response to Attack on Nuclear Site

Tehran will significantly increase its uranium enrichment

(Newser) - After an attack on one of its nuclear facilities , Iran is more than doubling down. A Tehran official announced Tuesday that the nation will begin enriching uranium to 60%—a significant increase from its earlier mark of 20% and much closer to the 90% required for weapons-grade material, reports the...

Iran to Raise Enrichment Level
Iran Increases 
Nuclear Tension

Iran Increases Nuclear Tension

20% uranium enrichment will be the high point since the 2015 deal took effect

(Newser) - In the biggest violation yet of an international nuclear agreement, Iran is going ahead with enriching its uranium to 20% purity. A nuclear bomb requires 90% purity, but the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 had limited enrichment levels to less than 4%, the BBC reports. Iran has violated provisions of...

Assassination Complicates Biden's Plans

Analysis: Israel may have achieved two goals with Iranian's death

(Newser) - The killing of a top scientist was a major blow to Iran's military nuclear weapon efforts. And it damaged Joe Biden's chances of returning to the nuclear deal President Trump abandoned even before the president-elect takes office. Israel might have intended to do both, says an analysis by...

President of Iran Has a Message for Biden

Hassan Rouhani calls on America to re-enter the nuclear deal

(Newser) - Iran's president called on President-elect Joe Biden to "compensate for past mistakes" and return the US to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a state-run news agency reported Sunday, per the AP . Hassan Rouhani's comments mark the highest-level response from Iran to Biden and Vice...

Zarif Accuses US of 'Economic Terrorism'

'You do not negotiate with terrorists,' he says

(Newser) - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says Iran's supreme leader will not meet President Trump unless Washington halts its "economic terrorism" that has hurt ordinary Iranians. Zarif says the removal of US sanctions could also help salvage the Iranian nuclear deal, which the US unilaterally withdrew from last year,...

Iran Busts Another Tanker Carrying 'Smuggled Fuel'

Revolutionary Guard says it has seized a third tanker, detained 7 crew

(Newser) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard has seized an oil tanker carrying 185,000 gallons of "smuggled fuel" in the Persian Gulf, the AP reports via Iranian media on Sunday. State TV and the semi-official Fars news agency reported that seven crew members were detained when the ship was seized late...

Iran Breaches Uranium Limits
Iran Breaches Uranium Limits

Iran Breaches Uranium Limits

It's now enriching uranium to 4.5%

(Newser) - Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass US sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The acknowledgement by the spokesman of the...

Bad Milestone: Iran Has 660 Pounds of Enriched Uranium

Tehran breaches limit set out in 2015 accord

(Newser) - Iran has hit an unwelcome milestone—the nation says it now has 300 kilograms (about 660 pounds) of enriched uranium, a limit it was not supposed to reach under the 2015 international accord. However, Tehran also said the move is "reversible," reports Reuters . The move means that the...

Iran Answers Trump on the Chance for Negotiations

'No prospect' at the moment, spokesman says

(Newser) - "I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal," President Trump said Monday about possible talks concerning its nuclear program, "and I think that’s very smart of them, and I think that’s a possibility to happen." He received his answer on Tuesday....

Trump: War Would Be 'Official End of Iran'

'Never threaten the United States again!'

(Newser) - President Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the US Embassy in Baghdad overnight. Trump's tweet comes after he seemingly sought to soften his tone on Iran following...

Trump Publicly Breaks With His Top Intelligence Officials

He tweets his thoughts on ISIS, Iran, North Korea

(Newser) - President Trump disagrees with his top security officials, and he made that publicly known on Wednesday. His morning tweets to that end followed the testimony given before Congress on Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel as part of what the AP reports is...

Iran Hawks Raise the Pressure on Trump

Some lawmakers want Iran removed from SWIFT

(Newser) - A battle is brewing between the Trump administration and some of the president's biggest supporters in Congress who are concerned that sanctions to be re-imposed on Iran early next month won't be tough enough, the AP reports. As President Donald Trump prepares to re-impose a second batch of...

Israel Claims Iran Has 'Secret Nuclear Warehouse'

'What Iran hides, Israel will find'

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a "secret atomic warehouse" just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Hours later, Iran dismissed the allegation. Holding up a poster-board map of an...

Trump Offers Iran Olive Branch Days After Threatening Tweet

The president said Monday he's open to meeting President Hassan Rouhani

(Newser) - President Trump has extended an olive branch to Iran's leaders just days after a tweet he wrote appeared to say he was ready to use military force should they "ever threaten the United States." Per CNN , the president was at a news conference at the White House...

Iran Lawmakers Burn US Flag, Nuclear Deal

France says the deal isn't dead

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to pull the US from the Iran nuclear deal drew a fiery response from conservative Iranian lawmakers Wednesday—during the opening session of the country's parliament, they burned a paper American flag and the text of the 2015 deal, chanting "Death to America."...

US Is Out of Iran Nuclear Deal. What Now?
US Is Out of
Iran Nuclear
Deal. What Now?
the rundown

US Is Out of Iran Nuclear Deal. What Now?

A look at the coverage surrounding President Trump's announcement

(Newser) - President Trump formally withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord Tuesday—now what? Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a speech broadcast live on state TV within minutes of Trump's announcement in which he warned the country could restart enriching uranium "without any limitations" within weeks, the...

Sources: Trump Will 'Decertify' Iran Nuclear Deal

That will put its future in the hands of Congress

(Newser) - Word is President Trump will "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal next week, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to stay in the agreement or void it by imposing new sanctions on Iran. Citing "people briefed" on the matter, the Washington Post reports Trump is expected to deliver...

Trump Says He's Decided on Iran Nuclear Deal

But he isn't saying what that decision is

(Newser) - A day after calling the Iran nuclear deal an "embarrassment" and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions" in US history, President Trump says he's made a decision on the future of the deal. But he wouldn't say what that decision is, ABC News reports....

Iranian President Threatens to Restart Nuclear Program

'In an hour and a day, Iran could return to a more advanced (nuclear) level'

(Newser) - Iran's president issued a direct threat to the West on Tuesday, claiming his country is capable of restarting its nuclear program within hours—and quickly bringing it to even more advanced levels than when it signed the nuclear deal. The AP reports Hassan Rouhani's remarks to lawmakers follow...

US Accuses Iran of 'Alarming Provocations'

Trump has ordered review of policy

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson wants Iran to know that the US hasn't forgotten about it amid current difficulties with Syria, Russia, and North Korea. He accused the country of "alarming ongoing provocations" Wednesday, the day after the Trump administration began a government-wide review of Iran policy, Reuters reports. Tillerson called...

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