April 1, 2021
“If a cat is cornered, it may show a kind of behavior that a free cat would not.”
In recent months Iran has moved towards developing nuclear weapons (for example, enriching uranium – a key component to building a nuclear weapon).
- The intel minister says although nuclear weapons are against the Supreme Leader’s fatwa, or religious edict, for the nation, Iran may have no choice but to pursue nuclear weapons unless America removes sanctions.
- The Trump administration exited the so-called Iran nuclear deal and levied heavy sanctions on Iran to pressure the nation away from nuclear weapons and terrorist activity; Iran was designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984.
- Iran has violated terms of the nuclear deal it still has with European nations and has challenged the new Biden administration to relax Trump-era policy. Pres. Biden said in a recent interview that he will not lift sanctions on Iran unless they stop enriching uranium.
- Why This Matters: The rising stand-off between Iran and Washington D.C. teeters on dangerous territory. A nuclear Iran, also supporting terror groups outside its borders, not only poses a security threat but would alter political dynamics in the Middle East – potentially kicking off an arms race with other Middle Eastern nations pursuing nuclear weapons. Watch this story for quick-moving developments.
by Jenna Lee,