Two months from the end of his mandate, the president of the United States is said to have polled senior American officials on the possibility of 'acting' against an Iranian nuclear site, according to the 'New York Times'.
Is Donald Trump preparing a last offensive on the international scene before his departure? Two months from the end of his term, he is said to have polled senior US officials on the possibility of "acting" against an Iranian nuclear site, the New York Times said on Monday (November 16th).
It was during a meeting Thursday in the Oval Office, according to the daily, that the outgoing US president asked several aides, 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 would quickly degenerate into a larger conflict, the daily said.
Donald Trump asked the question after a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tehran continued 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, Donald Trump's pet peeve
In 2018, Donald Trump slammed the door 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 have since tried to save this agreement, at least until the entry into office of Joe Biden, winner of the US presidential election of November 3, whose victory Donald Trump has still not recognized and who should return to American diplomacy more classic. But 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" to make it difficult for the president-elect to retract after the start of his term. January 20, 2021.