The crumbling nuclear agreement lost yet another cornerstone this Monday, with the Iranian announcement that it is expediting uranium enrichment – above the level that was set in the 2015 deal.
This situation caused some confusion in Washington. After all, if one wishes to cheat in a test, he usually doesn't announce it publicly. The conventional wisdom among scholars, both liberal and conservative, is that the Iranians are announcing the uranium enrichment as a negotiation tactic.
"They're trying to build leverage," Ilan Goldenberg, senior fellow and director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, told The Jerusalem Post.
"Their view is that the deal was sanctions relief for freezing the nuclear program and containing a nuclear program,” he said. “The US was re-imposing sanctions, and so they are going to start rebuilding their leverage by rebuilding their nuclear program.
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