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Iran Moves to Increase Uranium Enrichment and Bar Nuclear Inspectors
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Farnaz Fassihi | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
The law was ratified by Iran’s Guardian Council, an appointed body that oversees the elected government, on Wednesday. The order to enrich uranium at 20 percent would be a concern because it is considered to be close to the threshold of bomb-grade uranium, which can be as high as roughly 90 percent. Iran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes though Israeli officials and some American intelligence officials believe that Iran has a secret weapons program. Iran had limited its enrichment to under 4 percent under the nuclear agreement, which the Trump administration abandoned in 2018. The law indicated the higher enrichment was contingent on continued sanctions against Iran, and demanded that European nations that are still party to the nuclear agreement provide relief from the American sanctions.
Persons: Hassan Rouhani, , Trump, ” David Albright Organizations: Iran’s Guardian Council, Iran, Institute for Science, International Security Locations: Iran, Washington
WASHINGTON — The assassination of a senior Iranian nuclear scientist shocked Iran's leadership but will not derail the country's nuclear program, which has been steadily advancing despite President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" policy, experts say. The United States and Western governments believe he oversaw a covert nuclear weapons program, which U.S. intelligence agencies say was shut down in 2003. Iran denies it ever had a nuclear weapons program, and it has accused Israel of orchestrating last week's assassination. But Iran's nuclear work continued unabated, and its know-how remains intact, experts said. Iran will be able to resume its nuclear weapons program if that's what Ayatollah Khamenei chooses to do, Lewis wrote.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Kelsey Davenport, Majid Asgaripour, Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , Alireza Miryousefi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Davenport, Obama, Jeffrey Lewis, Lewis, Khamenei, Joe Biden's, Biden, Trump, Qassem Soleimani, Robert Malley, Malley, David Albright, Albright, U.N Organizations: Arms Control Association, Reuters, International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, United Nations, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Former U.S, Obama White House, Group, Institute for Science, International Security, NBC News Locations: Iranian, Iran, Tehran, WANA, Damavand County, United States, U.S, Israel, Shahrud, Natanz, tatters, Fakhrizadeh deprives Iran
A fabricated image of an Australian soldier harming an Afghan child, published on Twitter by a Chinese official, drew fierce backlash from Australia. "It looks like they're trying to tarnish us for different transgressions," he told Insider. A fabricated image of an Australian soldier harming a child published on a Chinese official's Twitter account on Sunday has further divided China and Australia. Do they think that their merciless killing of Afghan civilians is justified but the condemnation of such ruthless brutality is not? Australian ArmyAn Australian special forces soldier who completed multiple combat tours in Afghanistan described China's tweet as a "dirty game."
Persons: Zhao Lijian, Tarin Kowt, PO1 John Collins, Scott Morrison, Morrison, China's, Hua Chunying, Republican Sen, Marco Rubio, Jack Dorsey, " Rubio Organizations: Twitter, Afghan, Foreign Ministry, Australian Defence Force, International Security Assistance Force, Royal Australian Regiment, ISAF, ADF, Government, Australian Army, Republican, Australia's Locations: Australia, China, Australian, Afghanistan, Afghan, Tarin, Xinjiang, Florida
Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy prepares to testify during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "NATO at 70: An Indispensable Alliance" on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, Joe Biden's probable pick to run the Pentagon, would be the first female secretary of defense if confirmed and could appoint an unprecedented number of women to senior roles at the Defense Department. Biden is poised to announce Flournoy as his nominee as early as Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the decision. Brooks points out that as Pentagon policy chief Flournoy pioneered the creation of more flexible, family-friendly work policies, including four-day work weeks and job sharing. Brooks co-founded The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), which was created by a group of women, many of whom were alumni of Flournoy's team at the Pentagon.
Persons: Michele Flournoy, WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, Joe Biden's, Biden, Harris, Deborah Lee James, Rosa Brooks, Flournoy, mentees, Said Brooks, Kathleen Hicks, Alice Hunt Friend, Michelle Howard, She's, Sharon Burke, Susanna Blume, Celeste Wallander, Mara Karlin, Janine Davidson, I'm, Joe Biden, Madame, , Hillary, Donald Trump, James Mattis, Defense Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, Antony Blinken, Booz Allen, Barbara Lee, Mark Pocan, Mark Esper, Patrick Shanahan, Ro Khanna, Obama, Brooks, James, Michele Organizations: House Foreign, NATO, Pentagon, Defense Department, Biden, Harris Pentagon, Air Force, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Navy, Republican, Democratic, U.S, International Security Affairs, New American Security, Defense, WestExec, Booz, Reps, Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics, White, Aspen Security Forum, Leadership Council, Women, National Security, LCWINS, Hill Locations: Africa, America, Russia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, U.S, China
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement if Iran abides by the deal, but both sides will have to race against the clock and navigate a political minefield to reach that goal. Iran and the bombThe 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers lifted punishing economic sanctions on Tehran in return for strict limits on Iran's nuclear activities. If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations," Biden wrote. Iran faces shortages of medicine and medical equipment, including insulin, drugs for cancer treatment, influenza vaccine and test kits for the coronavirus, according to Iranian officials. Conservative gainsWithout a deal before Iran's June 2021 elections, Biden may have no willing counterpart to negotiate a deal.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden's, Hassan Rouhani, Biden, Rouhani, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mohammad Berno, Ellie Geranmayeh, Trump, Naysan Rafati, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Yousef Al Otaiba, Richard Dalton, Dalton, David Albright, Mike Pompeo, " Pompeo, Qassim Soliemani, Katherine Bauer, Bauer, Iran's, Ali Khamenei Organizations: WASHINGTON, Washington, Biden, European Council, Foreign Relations, Group, Trump, International Atomic Energy Agency ., Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, AFP, Getty, Congress, Tel, Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies, Saudi, United Arab, Institute for Science, International Security, Wednesday, Islamic, Covid, Treasury Department, Washington Institute for Near, Conservative, Iran's Locations: Iran, Washington, Tehran, U.S, Bushehr, United States, United, Georgia, Israel, Tel Aviv, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, British, Islamic Republic, Iraq, Iranian, American, Syria, Yemen
Australia on Thursday announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. "This report will be difficult news and all of our partners must be assured and those around the world who rightly hold the Australian Defense Forces in high regard," Morrison told reporters. Prosecuting alleged Australian war criminals is expected to take years. Neil James, chief executive of the Australian Defense Association think tank, said the Australian military wanted solders to have their day in court to end a "continuous rumor mill."
Persons: Benjamin Roberts, Smith, Angus Campbell, Tarin Kowt, PO1 John Collins, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Neil James, It's, James, it's Organizations: Australian, , Special Air Service, Commando Regiments, SAS, Victoria Cross, Gallantry, Defense Force, International Security Assistance Force, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, ISAF, Australian Defense Forces, Australian Broadcasting Corp, Police, ABC Sydney, Australian Defense Association Locations: Afghanistan, CANBERRA, Australia, — Australia, Tarin
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