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Iran will conduct a rocket launch amid the reopening of negotiations over the nation’s nuclear program, Iranian state media announced Sunday.
Iran has conducted numerous rocket launch tests in recent years, with some of them ending in failure. The Iranian regime has become increasingly aggressive as the start of new nuclear talks nears, with some of the country’s naval vessels challenging a pair of U.S. ships last week.
“Iran’s nuclear escalation strategy continues to be defined by two types of acts: growing the scale and scope of the program through facts on the ground while reducing IAEA monitoring and verification capabilities,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who focuses on Iranian security, told Fox News Digital last week. “This combination of less eyes and more worries is designed to spook Washington into further concessions in Vienna.”
Previous negotiations with Iran broke down after the U.S. refused to withdraw sanctions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Iran has abandoned many of the commitments it made in the 2015 nuclear deal after the U.S. withdrew from it under former President Donald Trump. The Biden administration has made little progress toward another deal.
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