The Quakes Preceding the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6:12

East Coast Quakes: What to Know About the Tremors Below

By Meteorologist Dominic Ramunni Nationwide PUBLISHED 7:13 PM ET Aug. 11, 2020 PUBLISHED 7:13 PM EDT Aug. 11, 2020

People across the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic were shaken, literally, on a Sunday morning as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck in North Carolina on August 9, 2020.

Centered in Sparta, NC, the tremor knocked groceries off shelves and left many wondering just when the next big one could strike.

Items lie on the floor of a grocery store after an earthquake on Sunday, August 9, 2020 in North Carolina.

Fault Lines

Compared to the West Coast, there are far fewer fault lines in the East. This is why earthquakes in the East are relatively uncommon and weaker in magnitude.

That said, earthquakes still occur in the East.

According to Spectrum News Meteorologist Matthew East, “Earthquakes have occurred in every eastern U.S. state, and a majority of states have recorded damaging earthquakes. However, they are pretty rare. For instance, the Sparta earthquake Sunday was the strongest in North Carolina in over 100 years.”

While nowhere near to the extent of the West Coast, damaging earthquakes can and do affect much of the eastern half of the country.

For example, across the Tennesse River Valley lies the New Madrid Fault Line. While much smaller in size than those found farther west, the fault has managed to produce several earthquakes over magnitude 7.0 in the last couple hundred years.

In 1886, an estimated magnitude 7.0 struck Charleston, South Carolina along a previously unknown seismic zone. Nearly the entire town had to be rebuilt.

Vulnerabilities

The eastern half of the U.S. has its own set of vulnerabilities from earthquakes.

Seismic waves actually travel farther in the East as opposed to the West Coast. This is because the rocks that make up the East are tens, if not hundreds, of millions of years older than in the West.

These older rocks have had much more time to bond together with other rocks under the tremendous pressure of Earth’s crust. This allows seismic energy to transfer between rocks more efficiently during an earthquake, causing the shaking to be felt much further.

This is why, during the latest quake in North Carolina, impacts were felt not just across the state, but reports of shaking came as far as Atlanta, Georgia, nearly 300 miles away.

Reports of shaking from different earthquakes of similar magnitude.

Quakes in the East can also be more damaging to infrastructure than in the West. This is generally due to the older buildings found east. Architects in the early-to-mid 1900s simply were not accounting for earthquakes in their designs for cities along the East Coast.

When a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Virginia in 2011, not only were numerous historical monuments in Washington, D.C. damaged, shaking was reported up and down the East Coast with tremors even reported in Canada.

Unpredictable

There is no way to accurately predict when or where an earthquake may strike.

Some quakes will have a smaller earthquake precede the primary one. This is called a foreshock.

The problem is though, it’s difficult to say whether the foreshock is in fact a foreshock and not the primary earthquake. Only time will tell the difference.

The United State Geological Survey (USGS) is experimenting with early warning detection systems in the West Coast.

While this system cannot predict earthquakes before they occur, they can provide warning up to tens of seconds in advance that shaking is imminent. This could provide just enough time to find a secure location before the tremors begin.

Much like hurricanes, tornadoes, or snowstorms, earthquakes are a natural occuring phenomenon that we can prepare for.

The USGS provides an abundance of resources on how to best stay safe when the earth starts to quake.

A Real Time Simulation of the Bowls of Wrath: Revelation 16

Kyiv nuclear simulator

Nuclear bomb simulator: How many people a nuclear attack could kill in major cities

NUCLEAR bombs were thought to be the stuff of the Cold War era – but with Russia’s war in Ukraine, the stakes have been climbing for a nuclear attack on western targets. How many people could a nuclear attack kill in major cities?

By ALISS HIGHAM

15:01, Tue, May 31, 2022 | UPDATED: 16:30, Tue, May 31, 2022

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned of escalating the war in Ukraine by using nuclear weapons, stoking fears that the conflict could turn into a worldwide conflict. But given the last nuclear attack took place almost 100 years ago in Japan, it’s difficult to imagine the level of destruction and suffering a nuclear attack could unleash.

What would a nuclear attack be like?

Russia possesses an estimated 5,977 nuclear warheads, the largest stockpile of nuclear warheads in the world.

Given that nuclear warheads, particularly the most intensely powerful ones, are a closely guarded secret with details only known by those in the top tiers of the Kremlin, exactly what sort of nuclear bomb could ever be used and its power is difficult to predict.

The most powerful nuclear bomb ever created and tested was the Tsar Bomba, which was developed by the Soviet Union under Igor Kurchatov.

Nuclear explosion

Nuclear warfare has not been seen on earth since World War II (Image: GETTY)

According to nuclear bomb simulator Outrider.org, if the Tsar Bomba was used on some of the most populated places in the world, it would lead to millions of immediate deaths.

If a Tsar Bomba was used on Buckingham Palace, it would result in 4.6 million deaths, and an additional three million injuries.

The radius of the fireball, which would burn 10,000 times hotter than the sun, would reach 43.75 miles around the explosion site, destroying almost all of the capital.

If the Tsar Bomba was dropped on the US capital city of Washington, directly on the White House, it would result in 1.8 million immediate fatalities.

Kyiv could be a target for nuclear warfare by the Russians (Image: OUTRIDER.ORG)

If a similar bomb was dropped on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital which is currently enjoying a return to somewhat normal life after Russian troops withdrew from the area, it would result in 2.1 million immediate deaths and more than 400,000 injuries.

In the west, the most deadly place for a nuclear bomb to be dropped would be New York.

If the Tsar Bomba or similar was dropped in New York, it would result in six million instant deaths, with the shock wave, radiation and heat causing 3.9 million injuries as an estimate.

A bomb with the capabilities of the Tsar Bomba would send a shockwave 345 square miles outward from the epicentre, and the heat would be felt 3,200 square miles away.

China’s Impressive Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

H-20

H-20: China’s New Stealth Bomber Could Have A 7,500 Mile Range

ByBrent M. Eastwood

Artist Rendering of China’s H-20 Stealth Bomber. Image Credit: Chinese Internet.

Right now, only the U.S. military has stealth bombers. While the B-2 and soon-to-be-flying B-21 Raider give Washington a major advantage in any combat scenario it seem China always wants stealth bombers. Here comes the H-20: China’s H-20 strategic bomber, or sometimes called the Xian H-20, is a flying wedge type of stealth airplane that borrows its design from the American B-2 bomber. The H-20 is expected to be nuclear-capable. Its claimed range of 7,500 miles without the need for aerial refueling could threaten the United States.

This bomber would give the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, or PLAAF, a critical new component for its nuclear triad, a development that makes China more of a strategic player in great-power competition with the United States and Russia.

The H-20 Is a B-2 Clone

The Xian H-20 can be compared to the B-2, as Warrior Maven’s Kris Osborn pointed out. “It features a similar rounded upper fuselage, blended wing body, curved upper air inlets and essentially no vertical structures. There appears to be a fair amount of evidence, simply available to the naked eye, to demonstrate China’s overt ‘copycat’ maneuver,” Osborn wrote.

The new bomber would have a payload of 45 tons, meaning the H-20 could carry nuclear-armed bombs or missiles – maybe even nuclear-tipped hypersonic cruise missiles. The H-20 might also equip conventional munitions such as land-attack cruise missiles that could threaten U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific region. It may not be until the late 2020s before the H-20 is produced in numbers, but the dual-use capability, stealth characteristics, and long range make the aircraft’s development worth tracking.

The PLAAF would not need a large fleet of H-20 bombers to make a difference in the Indo-Pacific or to target the United States with nuclear weapons. It is also developing the JH-XX fighter-bomber concept. Both aircraft could be escorted by the J-20 Mighty Dragon, a fighter with radar-evading capabilities that would enable attacks against Taiwan, Guam, and Japan.

But China also continues its push to operate beyond its neighborhood. It wants a blue-water navy with a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It has strategic nuclear missiles such as the DF-41 that analysts fear can reach the United States. It is developing an intercontinental submarine-launched nuclear missile called the JL-3. Now it strives to improve another leg of its nuclear triad with a nuclear-equipped strategic bomber.

H-20 – Anything But a Peaceful Rise for China 

The Chinese are adept at copying American designs and then developing them over time. This ruthless approach is part of Beijing’s pursuit of global status. It wants to overawe its neighbors and make the United States take notice, especially when it comes to nuclear weapons.

It is no longer a peaceful rise for the Chinese, John A. Tirpak wrote in Air Force Magazine.

“Part of China’s intimidation campaign is the quickening pace of its development and fielding of a nuclear triad,” Tirpak wrote. “China is on track to field more than 700 nuclear warheads by 2027 and more than 1,000 by 2030, versus about 200 noted in the 2019 edition of the China Military Power Report.”

Along with the number of nuclear devices, China knows it needs a stealth delivery system for the aerial leg of the nuclear triad. Thus the H-20 will play an important role in the drive toward nuclear parity with the United States and Russia. Beijing hopes to match Moscow’s nuclear triad. It may want to force the Americans to the negotiating table and bargain for an arms treaty that could give it parity with the United States, equating to world prestige. Or, Beijing could resist negotiations and continue to build up its nuclear capabilities unabated. Either way, China’s rise is anything but peaceful – and the H-20 is part of that narrative.

Now serving as 1945’s Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood.

Iran’s Nuclear Horn Continues to Grow: Daniel 8

Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile 18 times over 2015 deal limit: IAEA

Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile 18 times over 2015 deal limit: IAEA

Atomic enrichment facilities can be seen at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, south of the capital Tehran. (File/AFP)

May 30, 202214:45

  • The limit in the 2015 deal was set at 300 kg of a specific compound, the equivalent of 202.8 kg of uranium
  • The report also says that Iran is continuing its enrichment of uranium to levels higher than the 3.67% limit in the deal

VIENNA: The UN nuclear watchdog said Monday that it estimated Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium had grown to more than 18 times the limit laid down in Tehran’s 2015 deal with world powers.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said in its latest report on Iran’s nuclear program that it “estimated that, as of May 15, 2022, Iran’s total enriched stockpile was 3,809.3 kilograms.”
The limit in the 2015 deal was set at 300 kg (660 pounds) of a specific compound, the equivalent of 202.8 kg of uranium.
The report also says that Iran is continuing its enrichment of uranium to levels higher than the 3.67 percent limit in the deal.
The stockpile of uranium enriched up to 20 percent is now estimated to be 238.4 kg, up 56.3 kg since the last report in March, while the amount enriched to 60 percent stands at 43.1 kg, an increase of 9.9 kg.
Enrichment levels of around 90 percent are required for use in a nuclear weapon.
Iran has always insisted its nuclear program is peaceful.
A diplomatic source said the amount of uranium enriched to 60 percent now exceeded the IAEA’s threshold of a “significant quantity,” defined by the agency as an approximate amount above which “the possibility of manufacturing a nuclear explosive cannot be excluded.”
However, the same source pointed out that some uranium would be lost during the process of further enrichment, meaning that in reality “you would need more than 55 kilograms” for that purpose.
In a separate report also issued on Monday,
the IAEA reiterated that it still had questions which were “not clarified” regarding previous undeclared nuclear material at three sites named as Marivan, Varamin and Turquzabad.
This is despite a long-running series of attempts by the IAEA to get Iranian officials to explain the presence of this material.
The report said Iran has offered the explanation of an “act of sabotage by a third party to contaminate” the sites, but added no proof had been provided to corroborate this.
The diplomatic source said that an act of sabotage was “not easy to believe” given “the distribution of the material” that had led to the IAEA’s questions.
The latest reports come as talks to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers remain deadlocked after stalling in March.

Babylon the Great Boosts Her Nukes For China

Helpless Against Hypersonic! US To Boost Its Military Base That China Is ‘Practicing To Obliterate’ With Deadly Missiles

May 29, 2022

US military base in Guam has emerged as one of the most vulnerable targets for China as the communist nation develops powerful weapons to thwart possible American intervention in its potential confrontation with Taiwan, Japan, and other neighbors.

The advancement in Beijing’s long-range and hypersonic weapons threatens American military assets on the island. Therefore, the focus of the 2023 US Defense budget is a revamp of Guam’s defenses.

According to a plan proposed in the Missile Defense Agency’s fiscal 2023 budget request, the strategically important US territory of Guam would gain 360-degree sensor coverage, missile defenses, and a command center, Air Force Magazine reported.

During a May 23 event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jon A. Hill made the case for the variety of new defensive systems, stressing all of the capabilities that would be located on the island if Congress accepts the proposal.

“Location does matter. If you just go look at where Guam is on the map, it is inside a tactically relevant area,” Hill said. Guam is 2,500 nautical miles from mainland China and home to US military bases such as Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam with its Polaris Point Submarine Base.

China’s long-range missiles like the DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile, which has a range of 3,400 miles, could threaten important US military locations like those in Guam, in the Pacific Rim. This new missile, called the “Guam Killer” by defense analysts, was unveiled by China a few years ago, as previously noted by EurAsian Times.DF-26 – Wikimedia Commons

“You’ve got repair facilities there. We’ve got the Marine Corps there. We’re going to be stationing long-range fires there. It needs to be defended,” Hill said.

Guam, he claimed, is still vulnerable to ballistic, cruise, and hypersonic weapons. The budget request for the fiscal year 2023, which is currently before Congress, aims to close that gap and position Guam as the most forward Pacific station in protecting the US  homeland.

“If you were to pluck out the most important thing about what we’re going to do on Guam, it is going to be that command center,” Hill said. Adm. John Aquilino, the commander of US Indo-Pacific Command, has defined the demands for Guam in his planning and budget, he noted.

A US congressional group produced a report in 2016 warning of the threat posed by  Chinese long-range ballistic missiles. According to the report, the Chinese missiles would allow the PLA to unleash unrivaled firepower on Guam.

Furthermore, China released a propaganda video in 2020 depicting a simulated attack on Guam, making no effort to mask its intention.

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) of China released a video showing nuclear-capable H-6 bombers hitting what seemed to be the United States’ Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

Furthermore, the US has already acknowledged that the People’s Liberation Army Navy is officially the world’s largest navy by size. Even though the US has more than double the tonnage of the PLAN and outperforms it in quality, the threat of numbers cannot be overlooked, said the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger in 2020.While the US has already taken some steps to strengthen the security of Guam, like setting up a new Marine Corps base in 2020 and the highly secretive, nuclear ballistic missile submarine making a port call in Guam in January this year, the Command and Control Centre in Guam largely remains exposed.The protection of Guam, according to Hill, is the MDA’s second-most-important priority, after homeland security against ballistic missiles from rogue nations.MDA’s budget calls for $539 million in architecture work and the design and development of several land-based radar systems and weapon system component acquisition.“If you look at how you fight the battle in the INDOPACOM region today, it’s fairly dispersed in terms of command and control,” Hill explained. “So, you need to have an area that brings in all the space and land-based and sea-based assets from a sensor perspective and fuses that data and then selects the appropriate way to go after it.”Aquilino and his staff will be involved in the development process, ensuring that the command-and-control center is properly configured for both mature and future technology. Giving the INDOPACOM commander a single integrated air picture is part of MDA’s vision, reported Air Force Magazine.US Threatens Britain (UK) With Curtailed Military Cooperation As ‘War Of Word’ Erupts Over Submarine TechAccording to him, the Air Force already has the data streams, and the command-and-control center will bring them together in a way that is useful to warfighters.“Yes, it is a challenge. I think it is the hardest thing we’re going to do, and that is the most important aspect about Guam,” Hill said. “You could talk about radars and launchers and weapons all day long, but if we don’t get command-and-control right, none of that will matter.”Guam Not Secure Against Hypersonic MissilesThe Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense systems and a Navy ship at sea provide forward defense for Guam at the moment.In November last year, the US Army announced that the missile defense system purchased from Israel, the ‘magnificent’ Iron Dome, was being deployed in Guam for two months to study the Iron Dome’s viability in this strategic US territory.Building on Guam’s layered defenses, Patriot missile defenses would be added to the THAAD battery, relieving the three to four Navy ships on rotation for island protection, according to the proposed MDA plan.Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense system: file image“What MDA will do from a mission space perspective is leverage the Aegis fire control for a ballistic missile attack and hypersonics,” said Hill, referencing the SM-3 and SM-6 sea-based missiles now used for ballistic and hypersonic missile defense, respectively.However, it has already been known that hypersonic missiles are very difficult to intercept due to their incredible speed, unpredictable trajectory, and their ability to enter space and then re-enter the atmosphere using Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV). The US is still far from fielding an anti-hypersonic missile defense system.The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has entered the second phase of its ‘Glide Breaker’ counter-hypersonic program, which is aimed at enabling technology to fight against hypersonic weapons. The goal of Glide Breaker is to take down a hypersonic weapon in flight by guiding a kill vehicle straight into it.The US MDA is also in the process of developing a layered missile defense that would shield its assets from hypersonic missiles. MDA, in collaboration with the US Space Force and the Space Development Agency, expects to launch two interoperable prototype satellites in March 2023, noted the Department of Defense.DARPA’s ‘Glide Breaker’Those satellites would collect sensor tracking data to ensure that faint targets, such as cruise missiles, can be tracked from space, that if successful, it will be a new and crucial capacity in hypersonic defense.Raytheon Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., and Northrop Grumman Corp. have each been given $20 million contracts by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop prototypes of a hypersonic missile designed to intercept and destroy an adversary’s hypersonic projectile in the unpowered glide phase, according to Arms Control Association.So, even though Sentinel radars and Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment (IFPC) missile interceptors, Patriots, and THAAD would be part of an Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) in Guam, there is some time before the US military assets at Guam could get full-proof protection from a Chinese hypersonic missile.Hill further said that even an opponent can target static systems, so the missile defense systems will be modified versions of today’s mobile offensive types. Similarly, research is underway to see if the command-and-control center can be made mobile.MDA is in the latter phases of selecting 19 locations for equipment deployment, according to Hill, but the defense of Guam can be made fully operational under the fiscal 2023 budget request.The Chinese belligerence in the region and its determination to take back Taiwan, by force if necessary, has led to the US President announcing that his country would intervene militarily if China launched an invasion of Taiwan.With stakes so high in this great power game, Guam’s security would potentially dictate how the US fights a conflict with China due to its strategic location in the Pacific.It is also well known that a significant support facility for Navy submarines operating in the Pacific, an airbase capable of supporting Air Force strategic bombers, and a Coast Guard headquarters and several cutters are all located on US territory.In case of a conflict in the region, Guam could serve as a launchpad for US fighter jets and bombers taking off from this territory for resupplying. It could then be inferred that keeping the base safe from attack at the time of the conflict is of paramount importance for the US combat capability.Contact the author at sakshi.tiwari9555@gmail.comFollow EurAsian Times on G

The Russian Nuclear Horn Endangers Us All: Daniel 7

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the State Council Presidium at the Kremlin in Moscow on Wednesday.Sergeii Guneyev, AFP/Getty Images

Commentary: Russia’s nuclear threat endangers us all

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has made us all more acutely aware of the dangers of nuclear conflict than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Now, with Russia losing ground against an entrenched Ukrainian resistance, the stakes are only going to get higher.

Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence for the Biden administration, recently stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin “would probably only authorize the use of nuclear weapons if he perceived an existential threat.” But, as the war drags on, Haines added that it heightens the potential for Putin to see the prospect of defeat as an existential threat.

Any potential of something as devastating as nuclear war should be cause enough for alarm.

Even a singular nuclear launch and limited response from NATO or elsewhere could, in a nightmarish but possible scenario, cascade into a full-scale nuclear exchange. Though it is extremely difficult to accurately predict the likelihood of this happening, it is undeniable that many are justifiably concerned. According to a March 2022 poll, 69% of U.S. adults said they were worried that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine would lead to nuclear war.

We are all familiar with the immediate devastation that nuclear weapons could do to the cities they target and the radiation clouds that would spread further afield.

Nuclear detonations also cause fierce firestorms that loft soot into the stratosphere, which, in high enough volumes, can block out the sun and reduce global temperatures and rainfall. This soot cloud would persist for several years, triggering a phenomenon known as nuclear winter.

A 2007 study suggests global nuclear winter effects could be triggered by as few as 100 low-yield nuclear weapons. If a larger proportion of the world’s 12,700 nuclear bombs were used, the effects would be devastating.

Depending on the severity of the winter, crop yields in the United States could drop to 2% of their current output for up to a decade. This would result in starvation for the majority of Americans, while leaving those left to face sub-zero temperatures in summer and cascade effects that would almost certainly be fatal.

I began my career in international relations a few years after 1983 — when a war game brought the world close to the brink of a nuclear launch — in order to help prevent nuclear weapons from spreading and to advocate for disarmament. I am now a researcher at Cambridge University’s Center for the Study of Existential Risk, where we look at the different ways that we could trigger an end to our civilization and how they can be counteracted.

It feels as if there is little we can do about the nuclear threat prompted by the invasion of Ukraine, but that’s not true. We need to push our elected representatives to avoid triggering any serious escalation.

Ukraine deserves our support, and Russia our condemnation. But we also have to consider how Russia is perceiving the war and to what extent it would view defeat as an existential threat. In order to prevent the worst outcomes, we need to draw the Russians into negotiation and be prepared to compromise.

Our governments have displayed a singular lack of leadership, commitment and imagination when it comes to finding diplomatic solutions. This needs to change. And urgently.

The Iranian Nuclear Horn is Amassing Uranium: Daniel 8

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi in Tehran, in March.

Iran Has Amassed ‘Significant Quantity’ of 60%-enriched Uranium, UN Watchdog Says

Western powers fear Iran is getting closer to being able to sprint towards producing a nuclear bomb if it chose to

May. 30, 2022 8:23 PM

A quarterly IAEA report said Iran’s stockpile of uranium enriched to 60% – close to the roughly 90% that is weapons grade, in the form that can be fed into uranium-enriching centrifuges – is estimated to have grown by 9.9 kg to 43.1 kg, Reuters reported on Monday.

That amounts to more than what the IAEA calls a “significant quantity”, defined as “the approximate amount of nuclear material for which the possibility of manufacturing a nuclear explosive device cannot be excluded” – or theoretically enough material, if enriched further, to make a nuclear bomb.

At 60% purity a significant quantity would be around 42 kg of uranium.

Western powers fear Iran is getting closer to being able to sprint towards producing a nuclear bomb if it chose to, though Iran says its intentions are entirely peaceful.

Satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. showing Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, in Natanz, in April.

Israel’s defense minister, Benny Gantz, warned earlier in May that Tehran has doubled its stores of 60% enriched uranium over the past two months, and that the country is weeks away from having stockpiled sufficient material to construct its first nuclear bomb.

Gantz also warned that Iran is close to completing about a thousand advanced IR6 centrifuges at new underground sites being built near its Natanz nuclear plant, and that it is accumulating knowledge and experience in development, research, production and operation of these centrifuges that will be “irreversible.”

A second fresh quarterly IAEA report detailing Iran’s continued failure to provide satisfactory answers raises pressure on the United States and its allies to take action against Iran at the board meeting, since Tehran and the IAEA announced a renewed push in March to clear things up by now.

The lack of progress could set up a new diplomatic clash with the West when the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation Board of Governors meets next week. If Western powers seek a resolution criticizing Tehran it could deal a further blow to stalled efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

“Iran has not provided explanations that are technically credible in relation to the Agency’s findings at those locations,” the report said, adding: “The safeguards issues related to these three locations remain outstanding.”