By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Outgoing U. S president Donald Trump wanted to bomb suspected nuclear facilities in Iran after losing the election, new intelligence reports reveal.
According to a report by the New York Times last Thursday, the outgoing president asked some of his advisers for options to attack Iran nuclear facilities but he was talked out of it by senior advisers.
Trump is said to have told vice president Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other close high ranking officials that such action could lead to a wider escalation of the conflict in final weeks of his presidency.
The report goes on to show that Trump’s idea was prompted by the report by international inspectors showing large increase in Iran’s stockpile on nuclear material.
The International Atomic Energy Agency last Wednesday reported that Iran’s Uranium stockpile at Natanz was 12 times more than that allowed under the nuclear agreement which Trump shelved in 2018.
The United States president asked his national advisers what option he had to respond and was dissuaded from going ahead with military strike.
Analysts think Iran now has enough low-enriched uranium to make at least two nuclear missiles.
Two years ago the US pulled out of a 2015 international agreement that was designed to slow down Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons.
The newly elected US president Joe Biden vowed during the campaigns that that he would re-enter the Iran nuclear deal if Iran agreed against being limited by it.
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