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The U.S. still looks for a nuclear ‘understanding’ with Iran

By Charlotte Lawson

07 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The Biden administration's secret talks with Iran, aimed at preventing the country from enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels, are under threat due to the suspension of a top envoy and a growing congressional backlash.

The suspension of a top envoy and increasing congressional backlash are threatening to derail the Biden administration’s months-long secret talks with Iran. The administration hopes to prevent the Islamic Republic from enriching uranium to the 90 percent threshold generally considered weapons grade. But critics worry if it’ll even work, and if it does, at what cost.

After missing congressional briefings and overseas trips for weeks, Special Envoy Rob Malley was suspended without pay by the State Department, according to Iran International. The news comes amid an ongoing investigation into Malley’s potential mishandling of classified documents. His security clearance had also reportedly been revoked some time in the two months ahead of his leave, preventing him from accessing sensitive national security material while on the job.

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