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Before the Nuclear Talks, Iran and U.S. Are Sparring Over Who Will Blink First

Tehran and Washington are indirectly sending messages that are also aimed at the Saudis and Israelis. Any delay could put Biden under pressure at home to block the contacts

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Iran and the United States have already launched a kind of diplomatic dialogue. Granted, there have been no bilateral meetings, at least as far as we know, but public messages have gotten things moving.

The Wall Street Journal, citing a classified report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, reported this week that Iran has started producing a small amount of uranium metal, 3.5 grams. Around half a kilogram of this metal is needed for the core of a nuclear bomb, so the presence of this modest amount doesn’t mean Iran can already produce a bomb.

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