Iran Seeking Russia’s Help On Nuclear Program: U.S. Intel

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi hold a meeting in Tehran on July 19, 2022. - Iran's president will host his Russian and Turkish counterparts for talks on the Syrian war in a three-way summit overshadowed by fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Sergei SAVOSTYANOV / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SAVOSTYANOV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • U.S. intelligence officials say that Iran is seeking Russia’s help to bolster its nuclear program.
  • This likely reflects Tehran’s search for a backup plan should a lasting nuclear deal with world powers fail to materialize.
  • Relations between the two countries appear to be growing closer, with Iran supplying weapons to Russia and Moscow potentially advising Tehran on how to suppress a protest movement sweeping Iran.

 

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