The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, had in mind to attack Iran last week because of his uranium enrichment program, but his advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, dissuaded him, he reported. The New York Times.
The New York media detailed that Trump addressed the matter in a meeting on Thursday, a day after the United Nations, through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reported an increase in enriched uranium reserves that Iran.
At the meeting, in addition to the aforementioned senior officials, were the new acting Defense Secretary, Christopher Miller; and the Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley.
All of them dissuaded the president of launch a military attack on Iranian facilities considering that this aggression “could easily escalate to a broader conflict” at a time of political uncertainty in the United States.
At the end of the meeting, the attack on nuclear facilities was ruled out, according to officials quoted by the newspaper on condition of anonymity.
A military attack, which according to the newspaper could be with missiles but also cybernetic, would have targeted the Iranian nuclear facilities in the city of Natanz, where IAEA inspectors reported enriched uranium reserves of 2,449 kilos, well above of the maximum limit of 300 kilos established in the nuclear pact with the great powers.
Most of the reserves of the Islamic Republic, 2 thousand 408 kilos, are in the form of UF6 gas. Iran has added to its reserves enriched uranium another 337.5 kilos in the last quarter.
Iran began producing higher purity uranium last year, in violation of the nuclear deal, in response to the United States‘ exit from the pact in 2018 and to pressure European members of the deal with the intention of guaranteeing economic benefits from it. planned.
The pact, signed in 2015, provided for certain limitations on Iran’s nuclear program so that the Islamic Republic could not get hold of a nuclear bomb in the short term.
In return, international sanctions against Tehran were lifted, although the United States reinstated its punitive measures in 2018, including an oil embargo.