‘Iranian regime is seeking leverage for future nuclear talks’

Former Israeli defense official Col. (res.) Udi Evental tells JNS that Tehran’s announcement that it has begun enriching uranium to 20% is part of its signaling to the Biden administration.

Iran’s declaration on Jan. 3 that it has begun enriching uranium to the 20% level at its Fordo underground nuclear facility is part of the Islamic Republic’s drive to improve its bargaining position vis-à-vis the incoming Biden administration, a former Israeli defense official has told JNS.

“Their idea is to gather bargaining chips ahead of the nuclear talks,” said Col. (res.) Udi Evental, senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

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