In response to rumors that Tehran planned to give Moscow missiles for use on the battlefield, a U.S. official stated on Monday that the U.S. intended to further punish Iran for assisting Russia in the conflict in Ukraine.
U.S. and European officials are becoming increasingly pessimistic about restoring the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran before the U.S. midterm elections. Tehran’s hardening demands cast doubt on its desire to reach an agreement quickly. Officials in the United States say no decision has been made to halt the diplomatic effort. Still, a tightening political calendar at home leaves little time to strike a final agreement.