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Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Has U.S. Weighing Sanctions ‘Snapback’

  • Action would prompt UN debate because Trump quit nuclear deal
  • Republican senators urge move but president hasn’t decided
Hassan Rouhani 

Hassan Rouhani 

Source: President of Iran

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Iran’s decision to ramp up uranium enrichment is prompting debate over whether the U.S. should -- or even can -- invoke a threat that negotiators built into the 2015 nuclear agreement but hoped would never be used: a “snapback” of international sanctions.

Although President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord last year, the administration is being pressured by some American hard-liners to invoke a mechanism that ultimately would trigger a return to United Nations Security Council sanctions beyond those the U.S. is already imposing unilaterally.