The Biden administration has changed its stance on Iran, announcing it is prepared to accede to Iranian demands to lift sanctions before Iran resumes its compliance with the nuclear deal aimed at preventing the rogue regime from developing nuclear weapons.
WIN The announcement was made in Washington as negotiating teams from the partners behind the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), held talks in Vienna with Iran. The major powers are trying to convince the Islamic Republic to stop violating the agreement and cease producing enriched uranium.
“We are prepared to take the steps necessary to return to compliance with the JCPOA, including by lifting sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA,” said State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.
Price’s statement is an about-face for President Biden, who in an interview in February indicated that Iran would first have to stop enriching uranium before the U.S. would lift sanctions.
Until Wednesday, the Americans had insisted that Iran first stop its enrichment of uranium before any economic sanctions (imposed by President Trump) would be lifted. The Iranians refused, pressuring the Biden administrationto first roll back sanctions before they would talk.
Israel behind Natanz nuclear mishap? IDF Chief of Staff says, ‘Our actions are not hidden from enemy eyes.’
WIN The cyberattack on Iran’s Natanz facility caused as-yet-unknown damage. It came a day after Iran inaugurated new IR-9 uranium enrichment centrifuges at the site. Those centrifuges separate uranium isotopes 50 times faster than Iran’s current centrifuges.
Israeli intelligence sources also said Sunday that the damage to Natanz is significant and affected more than the IR-9s.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi may have been referring obliquely to the Natanz incident when he said on Sunday: “The Israel Defense Forces’ actions throughout the Middle East are not hidden from our enemies’ eyes. They are watching us, seeing our capabilities and carefully considering their next steps.”
He also said, “Thanks to sophisticated operational activity, this past year has been one of the most secure Israel’s citizens have ever known. We will continue to act with might and with judgment, with determination and responsibility, to ensure the security of the state of Israel.”
In July 2020 (video below), Natanz was the site of an explosion at its new centrifuge assembly center. Iran downplayed that incident, initially calling it a fire.
Israel has been linked to previous cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear weapons program, most famously the 2011 Stuxnet computer worm, which also targeted the Natanz facility. The worm is widely believed to have been developed jointly by Israel and the U.S.
You can read all about Israel’s “Stuxnet cyberworm” here: STUXNET