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Squeezed by U.S. Sanctions, Iran Shifts From Patience to Confrontation

Squeezed by U.S. Sanctions, Iran Shifts From Patience to Confrontation by Sune Engel Rasmussen – Wall Street Journal

Tighter new U.S. sanctions have proved more punishing than Iran’s leaders expected, driving Tehran to hit back militarily and breach limits it had agreed to put on its nuclear program.

This increasingly confrontational approach aims to raise the costs to the U.S. of its maximum-pressure campaign and to push Western European nations to offer economic relief, according to former Iranian officials and analysts.

Iran’s brinkmanship could present President Trump, who campaigned against U.S. involvement in Middle East conflicts, with difficult questions of war and peace as he heads into the 2020 election…

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