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US pressure on Iran has failed to control proliferation and has accelerated it

Colum Lynch, May 8. 2020, ForeignPolicy.com, Despite U.S. Sanctions, Iran Expands Its Nuclear Stockpile, https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/08/iran-advances-nuclear-program-withdrawal-jcpoa/ 

Two years after President Donald Trump announced the U.S withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has resumed its enrichment of uranium, restarted research and development on advanced centrifuges, and expanded its stockpile of nuclear fuel, cutting in half the time it would need to produce enough weapons-grade fuel to build a nuclear bomb.“Iran is manifestly closer to being able to produce a nuclear weapon than they were two years ago,” said Richard Nephew, who participated in negotiations on the landmark nuclear deal in 2015.While there is no evidence Tehran is preparing a dash for a nuclear weapon, the

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