The recent assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizdeh threatens to plunge U.S.-Iranian ties into deeper chaos before President-Elect Joe Biden can attempt to thaw relations.
As newly appointed Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Makdad met senior Iranian officials, he sought to shore up backing from the Islamic Republic, which is also on the defense against the United States and Israel.
Tensions between Iran and Israel have escalated since the killing of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Tehran has blamed Israel for last week's killing of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh near Tehran.
"Such acts not only run contrary to all norms of interstate relations and International Law but also threaten the peace and stability of an already fragile region," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement sent to Newsweek.
Israeli and Iranian officials vowed to Newsweek they would defend their country after the brazen assassination of a top nuclear scientist of the Islamic Republic, while experts linked the killing to a broader power play among competing Middle East rivals.
Iran has blamed Israel for last week's killing of its top nuclear scientist, and vowed revenge against those responsible.
A new Iranian president may also be better positioned in the system to negotiate more expansively than Rouhani. Washington shouldn't be rushing to recreate a reality from 2015 that doesn't exist anymore.
"Pretty much everything they've done so far is reversible, and President-elect Biden and Tehran have indicated a similar desire of return for compliance, for return to the JCPOA," Jarrett Blanc, former deputy U.S. coordinator on Iran nuclear implementation, told Newsweek.
Iranian officials are furious after the killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh—widely considered the father of Iran's atomic program—last week.
Israel is putting Iran's nuclear scientists on notice that their chosen vocation could turn out to be downright hazardous to their health.
New sanctions take aim at Chinese and Russian firms doing business with Iran, with more penalties possible.
Brennan condemned the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which Tehran has blamed Israel for.
Iran accused Israel on Friday of assassinating one of its top nuclear scientists.
Israel's prime minister discussed Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's alleged involvement in Iran's nuclear development program during a 2018 news conference.
"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said.
Iran's Ministry of Defense confirmed that terrorists killed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Friday.
The Yemeni rebel group used a cruise missile to strike an oil site near the city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast.
"The American people are probably surprised to see that Giuliani is defending a lying tyrant and terrorist in exchange for big money, but this is not new to Iranians," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Biden wants to rejoin the JCPOA, but has hinted at broadening the deal to include Iran's missile arsenal and its network of regional proxies.
The Trump administration is pushing ahead with more sanctions on Iran, and the president reportedly asked for military options to strike the country's nuclear facilities.
Nuclear cooperation between the U.S., Israel, the UAE and Saudi Arabia could help prevent a cascade of Middle Eastern nuclear proliferation.
The Trump administration is turning the screws on Tehran, seeking to collapse Iran's economy before the end of the president's term.
"The United States is always seeking Iraq's oil wells, as well as the disintegration of Iraq and the division of its nation and officials," Revolutionary Guard aerospace commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said.
Trump critics have noted that Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon now than at the start of his term, despite his efforts to contain Tehran.
Biden wants to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal, but four years of conflict with President Trump has left Tehran wary.
Tehran is waiting to see what President-elect Joe Biden does, while Iranian-backed militias in Iraq are continuing attacks against American interests.