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No going back? Assassination of nuclear physicist dampens hopes of reviving Iran nuclear deal

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © France 24
By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS | Juliette LAURAIN
42 min

It struck at the heart of the Iranian regime. After last Friday's daring and sophisticated ambush of 59-year old nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh outside Tehran, the country is mourning him like a national hero. How will Iran respond to yet another assassination of a scientist associated with its covert weapons program? Iran accuses Israel of masterminding the killing. We take a look at the attack itself, and especially the timing of it, occurring in the final weeks of the Trump presidency and ahead of a potential snap election in Israel.

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While on the campaign trail, Joe Biden talked of a return to the Iran nuclear deal. But under what terms? How much has the situation on the ground actually changed in the five years since it was signed? How will Biden handle Iran and Trump's closest friends in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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