Iran Releases Michael White; Tehran Still Exceeding Allowable Enriched Uranium Levels Under 2015 Deal; Israel Urges World Community to Toughen Sanctions on Iran; U.N. Report Points to Iran As Source of Material Used in Saudi Oilfield Drone Attacks

Two weeks ago, Iran released Michael White, an American detained there for more than a year. The U.S. struck a deal for White’s release by releasing Matteo Taerri—also known as Majid Taheri—an Iranian doctor accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran. Reported by CNN. Read more…

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. atomic watchdog, says that Iran has continued to increase its stockpiles of enriched uranium. Iran also remains in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal. As of May 20, Iran’s stockpile stands at 1.73 tons, up from about 1.1 tons as of February 19. According to the IAEA, Iran has also been enriching uranium up to 4.5 percent higher that the 3.67 percent allowed under the nuclear deal. Reported by Defense News. Read more…

Meanwhile, on June 6, Israel conducted another air strike at suspected pro-Iranian targets in Syria. Twelve people were believed to be killed in the strike, which was against pro-Iranian militia in the Deir Ezzor region in eastern Syria. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… After the strike, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on world powers to reimpose tough sanctions against Iran to curb Tehran’s regional aggression. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

The U.N. has determined that Iran was the source of debris left by attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields in September 2019. Iran was also the source for several items in two arms shipments seized by the United States in November 2019 and February 2020. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says some of the items in the seized shipment “were identical or similar” to those found after the cruise missiles and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia. Reported by U.S. News and World Report. Read more…