Don’t Fall for Iran’s Empty Nuclear Gesture

Iran’s recent decision to trim its stockpile of 60 percent enriched uranium does nothing to reduce the much larger dangers posed by its perch on the nuclear weapons threshold. The Biden administration, Congress, and America’s allies should see this for what it is: an empty gesture intended merely to forestall serious diplomatic pressure at next week’s International Atomic Energy Agency board meeting. This Iranian fig leaf should not induce calm in American and European policymakers, but instead prompt long overdue diplomatic, legislative, and other strategic action to bolster credible deterrence and reimpose stringent international sanctions against Iran’s nuclear weapons program.