Claims that human rights are at the heart of U.S. foreign policy are drawing scrutiny as Washington continues selling arms to Middle Eastern countries with dubious records.
The Biden administration, reversing its predecessor, has publicly released the total number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile.
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European Union Deputy Secretary-General Enrique Mora met with Iranian officials in Tehran Oct. 14. While the meeting was constructive, Iran is not yet ready to return to negotiations in Vienna to continue talks on restoring the 2015 nuclear deal. During a trip to Washington, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi said he plans to travel to Iran in the coming days to try and resolve a dispute over access to a centrifuge component production facility.
The Biden administration’s decision to declassify information on the number of U.S. nuclear warheads is a welcome step that reverses an unwise decision by the Trump administration.
Most successful U.S. presidents have actively led efforts to advance arms control agreements and reduce the risk of nuclear war.
New leadership in Iran, historical factors and a complicated geostrategic environment are driving
Iranian decision-making, thus making compromise with the West on the nuclear deal unlikely.
With political will, diplomatic skill, and some luck, the JCPOA could survive in some form and become
a cornerstone for future regional weapons of mass destruction and security agreements.
The controversial deal is designed to counter a more assertive China but many worry it could also weaken nonproliferation norms.
Among other issues, the Biden administration’s review will consider whether missile defense should be part of arms control negotiations with Russia.
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Iran and the IAEA reached a critical agreement that likely staved off a resolution censuring Tehran at the agency's Board of Governors meeting. Two new reports by the IAEA highlight Iran's accelerated nuclear activities and its failure to cooperate with IAEA investigations.