A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle

A nuclear deal with Iran is central to President Biden’s foreign policy. So why did one of the United States’ closest allies apparently just try to blow it up?,

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A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle

A nuclear deal with Iran is central to President Biden’s foreign policy. So why did one of the United States’ closest allies apparently just try to blow it up?

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April 19, 2021, 6:00 a.m. ET


When a nuclear fuel enrichment site in Iran blew up this month, Tehran immediately said two things: The explosion was no accident, and the blame lay with Israel.

The Israeli government reportedly gave only a cursory warning to the Biden administration — calling moments before the sabotage attack and leaving no time for the United States to intervene.

The independent action would be a departure from a decade ago, when the United States and Israel worked together to set back Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Since then, an ideological gulf has opened up between their approach.

We look at what the blast says about relations between the United States, Iran and Israel.


David E. Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times.

ImagePresident Hassan Rouhani of Iran in a handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency in February. The country has said that it will begin enriching uranium to a level of 60 percent purity.
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in a handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency in February. The country has said that it will begin enriching uranium to a level of 60 percent purity.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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