President Donald Trump, with two months left in office, last week asked for options on attacking Iran's main nuclear site, but ultimately decided against taking the dramatic step, a usa official said on Monday.
According to the Times' report, Pompeo and General Milley warned the president about the risks of military escalation, and the senior officials left the meeting expecting that a U.S. attack inside Iran was not going to take place.
But officials told the paper that Trump could be continuing to eye plans to attack Iranian allies and assets, such as militias in Iraq. Thursday's meeting was held a day after worldwide inspectors reported Iran's low-enriched uranium stockpile is growing again following Trump's abandonment of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Two years ago, Trump pulled out of a 2015 Iran nuclear deal under which the U.S. and five other world powers including the United Kingdom give Iran relief from crippling economic sanctions.
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Biden has said he wants to return to the rapprochement with Iran that started in the Obama administration but was ended by outgoing President Donald Trump.
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President Donald Trump, on Thursday, asked his national security team for options on attacking Iran's main nuclear site, but senior advisers talked him out of the dramatic move.
Iran insists the nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes, but the IAEA said the reasoning for the stockpile was not credible.
In an apparent nod to the incoming Biden administration's stated plans to rejoin or renegotiated the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from, Pompeo said sanctions imposed against Iran had been "extraordinarily effective" in reducing the threat from the country. "In the coming weeks, there is more work to do to reduce their ability to torment the Middle East". The Soleimani strike pushed the United States and Iran to the brink of war. But they come as the administration seeks to ramp up pressure on Iran before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Iran retaliated with a missile attack on U.S. forces in Iraq that left dozens with serious injuries.
Speaking to Israel Hayom, a senior Saudi government official called Biden a "a pro-Iranian president who will adopt a conciliatory policy towards Tehran that will endanger the region".
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said that he wasn't aware of any meeting in Washington over attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities, but Iran should be wary.