Iran delivered its first real response to Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president last week. It announced plans for a major escalation in its nuclear program.
The parliament passed, and the unelected Guardian Council approved, legislation ordering the government to significantly ratchet up its nuclear activities in the coming months. Iran’s ultimate goal is to persuade Biden to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement immediately, without preconditions or revisions. Tehran likely considers initiating a crisis over its nuclear program as the most effective way to force the issue – putting it on a collision course with the incoming U.S. administration.