Iran announces rocket launch as nuclear deal talks set to reopen

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Iran will carry out a rocket launch as part of the reopening of negotiations over the country’s nuclear program, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Iran has conducted numerous rocket launch tests in recent years, some of which ended in failure. Iran’s regime has grown increasingly aggressive as it nears the start of new nuclear talks, with some of the country’s navy vessels challenging two US ships last week.

Iran is also ready to increase its uranium enrichment capabilities, according to a report by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Experts say the development is a warning sign for the United States that Iran is seeking concessions in upcoming indirect talks.

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FILE - In this October 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr.  Iran's only nuclear power plant has undergone a temporary emergency shutdown, state television reported on Sunday, June 20, 2021. An official from the state electric power company, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said during a a talk show that the shutdown of the Bushehr power plant had begun on Saturday and last "for three to four days." (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, file)
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FILE – In this October 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran’s only nuclear power plant has undergone a temporary emergency shutdown, state television reported on Sunday, June 20, 2021. An official from the state electric power company, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said during a a talk show that the shutdown of the Bushehr plant had begun on Saturday and would last “three to four days”. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, file)

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“Iran’s nuclear escalation strategy continues to be defined by two types of acts: increasing the scale and scope of the program through facts on the ground while reducing the monitoring and verification capabilities of the IAEA,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Defense Foundation of Democracies that focuses on Iranian security, told Fox News Digital last week. “This combination of fewer eyes and more worries is designed to scare Washington into further concessions in Vienna.”

Previous talks with Iran broke down after the United States refused to lift sanctions against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

President Joe Biden is due to visit Saudi Arabia later this week. While his agenda there is primarily about oil prices, he should also throw his weight behind the new round of talks.

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Iran abandoned many of the commitments it made in the 2015 nuclear deal after the United States withdrew from it under former President Donald Trump. The Biden administration has made little headway toward another deal.

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