Brief: Countdown to an Iranian Bomb

Israel may have just weeks remaining to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

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Background: The Israeli-Sunni Arab coalition against Iran that started taking shape last year has put even more pressure on the Islamic republic. But the coalition needs U.S. backing if it’s going to reach its full potential, and the new administration in Washington is reviewing the Iran nuclear deal, which the U.S. unilaterally exited in 2018. What Happened: There’s growing urgency behind the Biden administration’s effort to restore the deal after Secretary of State Antony Blinken told NBC News that it could be “a matter of weeks” before the regime has enough fissile material to produce a nuclear weapon. Washington has said it wants to return to the nuclear deal but that Tehran must first meet certain conditions. That appears unlikely. In other news, the head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, Yossi Cohen, is scheduled to visit Washington this month to discuss the situation with U.S. President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Biden’s nominee to head the CIA, William Burns. Last week, Israel’s chief of staff met with U.S. Central Command leaders and warned that Israel was preparing operational plans for dealing with Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. Along those lines, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced a successful test […]

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