(Washington) Two months away from the end of his term, Donald Trump has polled senior US officials on the possibility of “acting” against an Iranian nuclear site, said Monday the New York Times.
Posted on November 16, 2020 at 10:16 p.m.
It was during a meeting Thursday in the Oval Office, according to the daily, that the outgoing US president asked several collaborators, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the head of state. -Major Mark Milley “if he had any options to act against” this site “in the coming weeks”.
These senior officials “dissuaded the president from going ahead with a military strike”, given the risk that it could quickly degenerate into a larger conflict, says the daily.
Mr Trump asked the question after a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tehran continues to accumulate uranium, according to the New York Times.
According to the newspaper, it was Natanz’s site that most likely could have been targeted.
Iran is the bête noire of Donald Trump, who slammed the door in 2018 of the international agreement signed three years earlier with Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons, deeming it insufficient. He also restored and then tightened sanctions against Tehran.
The Europeans are trying to save this agreement, at least until the entry into office of Joe Biden, winner of the US presidential election on November 3, whose victory Donald Trump has still not recognized and who should return to diplomacy.
However, the Trump administration has promised to further strengthen punitive measures – a strategy seen by some observers as the desire to build such a “wall of sanctions” that it would be difficult for Joe Biden to go back.