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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump asked about options to attack Iran’s main nuclear site last week but ultimately decided against a dramatic move, a US official said on Monday.
Trump made the request during a meeting Thursday with his key national security aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, his new acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, and General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
The official confirmed the report of the meeting in the New York Times, which reported that the advisors persuaded Trump not to go on strike because of the risk of major conflict.
“He asked about options. They gave him the scenarios and he finally decided not to continue,” the officer said.
The White House declined to comment.
Trump has spent every four years of his presidency engaging in aggressive policies against Iran, withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated by his democratic predecessor Barack Obama, and imposing economic sanctions on a variety of Iranian targets.
Trump, who is questioning the results of the November 3 presidential election, will hand over power to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.
His request for options came a day after a UN nuclear watchdog report revealed that Iran had moved an initial cascade of advanced centrifuges from an above-ground facility at its main uranium enrichment facility to an underground facility in a new breach of its nuclear deal with major ones Forces.
Iran’s 2.4-tonne inventory of low-enriched uranium is now well above the 202.8 kg limit. It produced 337.5 kg in the quarter, less than the more than 500 kg the International Atomic Energy Agency had recorded in the two previous quarters.
In January, Trump ordered a US drone attack that killed Iranian military general Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport.
But he has shied away from broader military conflict and has tried to pull US troops out of global hotspots to promise what he calls “endless wars”.
A strike at Iran’s main nuclear site in Natanz could lead to a regional conflict and pose a serious foreign policy challenge for Biden.
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