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Iran’s Provocations Are a Warning Shot to Biden

Dean Emeritus Admiral James Stavridis shares his thoughts on the latest provocation in Iran, via his Bloomberg Opinion column.

Iran’s announcement that it would begin enriching uranium to 20%, well over the limit of 4% set in the 2015 nuclear agreement, sounded a clear warning in advance of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The Iranians followed up on Monday by seizing a South Korean tanker in the Arabian Gulf, claiming it was violating environmental standards — a rich accusation from a nation that has planted mines in the Strait of Hormuz.

The U.S., for its part, recently deployed long-range bombers fitted with cruise missiles to the Gulf, and the aircraft carrier Nimitz is on station (after a brief and perplexing announcement that she would sail for home).  The U.S. also has cruisers and submarines with tomahawk land-attack missiles in the region, poised for action.

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