US cites ‘alarming’ nuclear progress

The United States hopes to restart nuclear talks with Iran soon, a senior US official said Monday, while noting “alarming” progress by Tehran on developing nuclear capacity.

Despite Israeli skepticism, the Biden administration believes “very strongly that the diplomatic path remains the best,” the official said.

However, the official said the White House and Israel’s new government agree that Iran has made rapid advances since Trump quit the international effort to monitor Tehran’s nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.