Over the past six months, Michael Doran writes, Iranian operatives have “actively pursued plans to assassinate the former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, the former Iran envoy Brian Hook, and the former national security advisor John Bolton.” When, in the course of nuclear negotiations in Vienna, the Biden team asked Iranian diplomats to end these attempts, they refused. Tehran has also directly attacked American forces in Syria, and launched multiple attacks on American allies, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Doran seeks to explain why the Biden administration has consistently played down these and other overt provocations.
Why the Biden Administration Downplays Iran’s Aggression
China Seems Poised to Offer Iran More Weapons and Cyberwarfare Assistance
Last month, the Chinese minister of defense, together with senior military figures, paid a visit to Tehran, where they met with their Iranian counterparts, as well as with the Iranian president. Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky doubt the talks will result in a grand Sino-Iranian alliance, but they nonetheless expect increased collaboration between the two countries. For many years, they note, Beijing has evaded or violated embargoes to sell arms to the Islamic Republic, and there’s reason to expect more of the same: