Iran Wants to Import Tons of Uranium. Opponents of the Nuclear Deal Want the Trump Administration to Say No. | The Weekly Standard


Iran Wants to Import Tons of Uranium.

Opponents of the Nuclear Deal Want the Trump Administration to Say No.
The amount goes beyond what Iran might need to replenish its stocks.



The Obama administration reportedly approved the Iranian request in its final weeks, but it was ultimately blocked by the United Kingdom. Iran has indicated of late that it will revive the request, setting up a key test for the Trump administration, which has placed the nuclear deal under a comprehensive review.

Trump officials suggested to TWS that the administration has not yet decided whether it will overturn the Obama-era decision and prohibit Iran from importing the natural uranium.

"I would certainly hope we would use all our leverage to prevent such a purchase by Iran," one senior White House official said.

The Islamic Republic has already received roughly 360 tons of yellowcake since July 2015, much of it from Russia, according to Iranian media.

Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and Iran expert, told TWS the Obama administration consistently boosted Iran during negotiations similar to the one at hand.