The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. US, Iran Renew Tensions Over Satellite

    As both nations are beset by the pandemic, their military rivalry has been boosted by the launch of the Islamic Republic's first military satellite. Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps announced Wednesday that its Noor satellite had reached orbit 264 miles above Earth. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded that "Iran needs to be held accountable" for violating a 2015 U.N. Security Council resolution — but that resolution was linked to the nuclear deal the U.S. abandoned. President Trump, meanwhile, said he'd ordered the Navy to "shoot down and destroy" Iranian gunboats that harass American ships.

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