DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it was now capable of raising uranium enrichment past the 20% level and had launched advanced centrifuge machines in further breaches of commitments to limit its nuclear activity under a 2015 deal with world powers.
New York Times reporters have criticized President Donald Trump's stance toward pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Their reporting on President Barack Obama's muted stance toward similar protests in Iran a decade ago was passive.
Top U.S. diplomats are pressuring the German government to reverse its recent decision to decline participation in a U.S.-led coalition in the Persian Gulf aimed at combating Iran's repeated attempts to hijack international oil tankers, according to multiple U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is accusing multiple senior Trump administration officials in both the Treasury and State Departments of actively working behind President Donald Trump's back to save the Iran nuclear deal and continue providing Tehran with waivers permitting the regime to conduct sensitive nuclear work at a military site that houses Iran's nuclear weapons program.
With the Iranian economy teetering on the brink of collapse, senior Iranian officials and their allies in the former administration's self-described pro-Iran echo chamber have been scrambling to drive a wedge between President Donald Trump and his national security team.
An Iranian national was caught by the Trump administration attempting to smuggle materials that can be used to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, out of the U.S., according to the Justice Department.
Pressure is mounting on the State Department to nix a series of sanctions waivers that have permitted Iran to continue some its most contested nuclear weapons research, including at a secretive military bunker known to have housed the Islamic Republic's bomb program, according to multiple U.S. officials working on the matter.
Iran never ended critical nuclear weapons work at an underground military bunker able to "enrich uranium to weapons grade" levels, according to a new watchdog report, reigniting calls for the Trump administration to close loopholes permitting the Islamic Republic to continue nuclear research.