Donald Trump or scorched earth policy? Two months from the end of his term, the president, still in office, is said to have surveyed senior US officials about the possibility of “taking action” against an Iranian nuclear site, the president said Monday. New York Times.
It was during a meeting Thursday in the Oval Office, according to the newspaper, that the outgoing US president asked several collaborators, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the head of state. -Major Mark Milley “if I had any option to act against” this site “in the coming weeks.”
These top officials “dissuaded the president from going ahead with a military attack.”given the risk that it could quickly escalate into a major conflict, the newspaper said.
A targeted nuclear site
Donald Trump asked the question after a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicated that Tehran continues to accumulate uranium, according to the New York Times. According to the newspaper, it was the Natanz site that probably could have been attacked.
Iran is Donald Trump’s pet motif, which he criticized the door in 2018 of the international agreement signed three years earlier with Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons as insufficient. It also restored and later tightened sanctions against Tehran.
The Europeans are trying to save this agreement, at least until the entry into office of Joe Biden, winner of the US presidential election on November 3, whose victory Donald Trump has not yet recognized and who should return to diplomacy.
Yet the Trump administration has promised to further strengthen punitive measures, a strategy seen by some observers as a desire to build a “wall of sanctions” such that Joe Biden would find it difficult to back down.