Trump wanted to strike a nuclear facility in Iran but was dissuaded

Donald Trump discussed with his administration a possible attack on a uranium enrichment plant in Iran. This is reported by the New York Times, citing four sources among current and former US officials.

The meeting that discussed the idea of an attack took place at the White House on November 12, after IAEA inspectors reported that the key site of Iran’s nuclear program in Natanz is actively increasing its uranium reserves. They are already 12 times higher than the volumes stipulated by the nuclear deal.

According to sources, the United States’ current head offered to consider options for an airstrike or cyber-attack on the Natanz plant. Still, Vice President Michael Pence, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, and Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the Armed forces General Mark Milley, dissuaded Trump from this step. Presidential advisers said such actions could lead to a large-scale military conflict in the Middle East.

As the newspaper notes, in his last weeks as us President, Donald Trump continues to worsen relations with Iran and impose new sanctions against the state to make it more difficult for his successor, Joe Biden, to resume the nuclear deal with Tehran, from which Washington withdrew in 2018.

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