Senior officials “dissuaded the president from carrying out a military strike,” warning him that an attack could escalate into a larger conflict in the final weeks of his presidency, the Times writes.
Trump allegedly asked the question after an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report said Iran continues to stockpile uranium.
According to the Times, the most likely target of such a strike would have been Natanz, where the IAEA reported that “Tehran’s uranium stockpile was now 12 times larger than what was allowed by the nuclear deal than Mr. Trump quit in 2018 ”, three years later. was signed in an attempt to reduce Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
Iran has long been Trump’s pet peeve, and he reintroduced the sanctions and then tightened them even further after abandoning the nuclear deal.
The deal’s European partners, who have struggled to keep the deal afloat despite Trump’s efforts to torpedo it, are hoping for a renewed diplomatic approach after Joe Biden’s election victory on November 3, though Trump refuses to concede defeat.
The Trump administration has pledged to increase punitive measures, which some critics see as an attempt to build a “wall of sanctions” that Biden would struggle to dismantle when he takes office next year.