President Trump met with senior cabinet members last week in the Oval Office to discuss options to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the next few weeks. 

This discussion happened just one day after the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran’s uranium stockpile at its facility in Natanz was 12 times higher than allowed under the now-scrapped Iran nuclear deal. The international nuclear watchdog also reported that Iran did not allow inspectors to enter a location where there was evidence of past nuclear activity.

However, the president’s advisors, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict.

It is now believed that any kind of missile strike is off the table, officials told The New York Times

The president, however, may still be looking at ways to strike Iranian assets and their proxy militias in Iraq, officials added. 

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said that he wasn’t aware of any meeting in Washington over attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities, but Iran should be wary. 

“It is very important that the Iranians know that if, indeed, they suddenly dash toward high levels of enrichment, in the direction of nuclear weaponry, they are liable to encounter the military might of the United States — and also, perhaps, of other countries,” Steinitz said in an interview with Israel’s Army Radio.

A satellite image of the Natanz facility, where the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran’s uranium stockpile was now 12 times larger than permitted under the nuclear accord that Mr. Trump abandoned in 2018. Credit: Maxar Technologies/Reuters

The International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded that Iran now has a stockpile of more than 2,442 kilograms (5,385 pounds) of low-enriched uranium. This is enough to produce about two nuclear weapons. The findings were confirmed by an analysis of the report by the Institute for Science and International Security.