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Iran Signals Potential Shift in Nuclear Policy Amid Escalating Middle East Crisis

Iranian officials have expressed worries about their “nuclear doctrine” being reviewed due to perceived threats from Israel targeting its atomic facilities, raising concerns of a wider conflict in the Middle East.

Ahmad Haqtalab, who heads Tehran’s nuclear security and is a senior commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), made the remarks. 

According to reports from the Tasnim News Agency, which has close ties to the IRGC, Haqtalab stated that Israel’s threats against Iran’s nuclear facilities could prompt a reassessment of Iran’s nuclear strategy.

Haqtalab emphasized that Iran had identified Israel’s nuclear facilities and had crucial information about potential targets, indicating readiness to act if necessary. 

His statement underscores the escalating tensions between Iran and Israel, fueled by recent military exchanges between the two adversaries.

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Iran launched a missile and drone attack on Israel last week, purportedly in retaliation for an Israeli airstrike on its embassy in Syria, raising concerns about the prospect of a wider conflict. 

Despite calls from Western allies, including the United States, for de-escalation, Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s aggression.

Iran maintains that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes and denies any intent to develop nuclear weapons. 

However, Western officials remain wary of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have expressed concerns about its potential capabilities in this regard.

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President Joe Biden reportedly gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an assurance that the United States would not involve itself in any offensive actions carried out by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against Iran.

While the U.S. and its allies supported Israel’s defense during Iran’s recent attack, Biden emphasized that the focus should be on diplomatic and economic pressure.

In response to Iran’s aggression, the U.S. announced new sanctions aimed at curtailing Iran’s drone production, with the United Kingdom also implementing economic sanctions in coordination with the U.S. 

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Biden emphasized the collective commitment of the Group of Seven (G7) nations to increase economic pressure on Iran.

The international community has condemned Iran’s attack on Israel, with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron describing it as “unacceptable” during a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Italy. 

The incident has underscored the need for a coordinated strategy to address Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region, reflecting growing concerns about the escalating tensions and the potential for further conflict.

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