Signs of debate in Tehran over Russia policy
CIA Director William Burns on Thursday warned about security ties between Iran and Russia, especially if Russia were to provide combat aircraft to Iran. The warning comes as the US this week deployed a Marine expeditionary unit, Air Force F-16 and F-35 fighter jets , and a missile destroyer to the Persian Gulf, as Jared Szuba reports.
In response, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, said Thursday, "We have achieved sustainable and efficient deterrence” to avoid a military strike,” as reported by our correspondent in Tehran.
In addition to the increased show of firepower, US President Joe Biden, prior to a White House meeting with his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog, reaffirmed that there is no daylight between the US administration and the Israeli government on preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, as Rina Bassist reports.