The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed yesterday that the Islamic Republic has surpassed the 661-pound cap on enriched uranium stipulated by the 2015 nuclear deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who blamed Europe for failing to protect Iran from U.S. sanctions, claimed his country was merely responding to Washington’s withdrawal and reimposition of punitive measures. In response, President Donald Trump said Iran is “playing with fire.”
What’s next? Analysts say that while breaking the cap won’t help Iran acquire a nuclear bomb sooner, boosting enrichment — which it has already threatened — will.
Read this OZY op-ed about the standoff between Tehran and Washington.