The U.S. is helping Iran with an arrangement to send part of its nuclear fuel stockpile to the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, a step that would ease swift sanctions relief for Tehran, according to people involved in the discussions.
However, U.S. officials confirmed Tuesday that Iran last month conducted its second ballistic missile launch since it reached a nuclear agreement with six world powers in July. The test was an apparent violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution and State Department officials raised the possibility of fresh sanctions to deter Iran from developing a missile arsenal.
On Monday, the six powers in the deal with Iran floated a draft resolution to other members of the International Atomic Energy Agency—the United Nations nuclear watchdog. It proposed closing the IAEA’s decadelong probe into Iran’s past work on nuclear weapons—which would be another key step toward easing sanctions. U.S. officials said they expect the resolution to be passed within a week.