April 23, 2019

Trump admin mulls more sanctions that could threaten safeguards on Iran's nuclear program

Featuring Eric Brewer

Source: CNN

Journalists Zachary Cohen, Jeremy Diamond

President Donald Trump and his advisers are considering revoking sanctions waivers that have allowed several countries to collaborate with Iran on civil nuclear projects, including those intended to restrict Iran's nuclear production capabilities, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Trump administration officials have held several meetings in recent weeks to discuss eliminating some or all of the nuclear sanctions waivers, but a decision has not yet been reached, an administration official and source familiar with the discussions told CNN. National security adviser John Bolton, a longtime Iran hawk, has been among those pushing for the US to take this next step and eliminate the waivers, the sources said.

The idea has received pushback from some within the administration including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to a former administration official. The discussions have also prompted concerns among career State and Treasury Department officials who worry that revoking the waivers will eliminate important safeguards on Iran's nuclear program.

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  • Eric Brewer

    Former Visiting Fellow

    Eric Brewer was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Mr. Brewer has extensive experience working nuclear proliferation challenges in the U.S. go...