The Israeli military is revising plans to prepare for a potential strike on nuclear sites in Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Fox News Thursday.
Tel Aviv has reportedly identified “numerous targets” inside the Muslim country whose destruction could potentially undermine Tehran’s ability to develop nuclear power stations.
Tensions seem to be rising further in the region, as the United States and Iran remain at an impasse concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal.
Former American president Donald Trump abandoned the agreement in 2018, slapping Iran with harsh sanctions under the so-called policy of “maximum pressure.”
The Biden administration previously signaled its willingness to return to the deal, however, no real steps have been taken in that direction.
Iran started limiting the scope of the IAEA’s inspections as a temporary measure until the sanctions against it are lifted.
The UN nuclear watchdog reached a temporary bilateral understanding with Tehran in February, which allows international inspectors limited access to nuclear sites for three additional months after Iran’s threat to shut them out.
The most recent escalation in Iran-Israel relations came following the assassination of prominent Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Iranian officials claimed that Israeli spy agency Mossad was clearly behind his death, while Tel Aviv has fallen short of dismissing its alleged involvement.
Back in 2018, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at a presentation lobbying the Trump administration to ditch the JCPOA.
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