"GLOBAL ISSUES, LEADERSHIP CHOICES":
Although talks with Iran are supposed to resume next week in Vienna, foreign policy experts assess the prospects for a diplomatic deal to rein in Iran's nuclear program as increasingly bleak. Since the U.S. pulled out of the JCPOA in late 2018, Iran has installed more advanced centrifuges, increased enrichment of uranium to nearly 60%, begun the production of uranium metal (which would be needed for a warhead), and intermittently denied access to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Although there is still no evidence Iran's government has actually made a decision to build a nuclear weapon, domestic political realities in the U.S. and Iran make it increasingly unlikely Iran's nuclear progress since 2018 can be reversed with a diplomatic arrangement both parties would be willing to accept. For more on the current state of Iran's nuclear program, see, for example, the "Intelligence Matters" interview with Iran expert Norm Roule from earlier this month: www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-expert-norman-roule-on-escalating-tensions-with-tehran-intelligence-matters/
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