US lawmakers aim to tighten terms of Iran nuclear deal

Friday, 19 January 2018

A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Thursday aimed at tightening the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, despite Tehran's rejection of changes to the accord.US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the agreement aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program, which was agreed under his predecessor Barack Obama's administration.ANALYSIS: Will Iran learn from past mistakes of other regimes? The “Iran Freedom Policy and Sanctions Act” was introduced by Peter ...

Report: Iran feeling Europe pinch following Trump threat on nuclear deal

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

European countries have increased pressure over Iran’s ballistic missile program and its role in regional conflicts even as they try to tackle President Trump’s threat to nullify nuclear deal with Tehran, a news report has revealed. A Financial Times report, quoting foreign ministry sources in Berlin, said that German, French and British foreign ministers – and EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini – agreed with Iran to hold an “intensive and very ...

Lavrov: Russia will not support US bid to change Iran nuclear deal

Monday, 15 January 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal. Lavrov spoke days after US President Donald Trump said he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the “terrible flaws” of the 2015 nuclear deal. “We will not support what the United States is trying to do, changing the wording of the agreement, incorporating things ...

Trump to extend Iran sanctions relief, keeping nuclear deal intact

Friday, 12 January 2018

US President Donald Trump will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, leaving the accord intact for now, according to a person familiar with the decision. However, Trump, who has vowed to scrap the pact, was expected to give the US Congress and European allies a deadline for improving it, the person said. Without improvements, Trump would renew his threat to withdraw from the agreement. Trump had faced a Friday deadline ...

Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Donald Trump is being urged by some top advisers not to bring back US economic sanctions on Iran this week, a move by the president that would effectively end a 2015 deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.Two senior administration official told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump’s top advisers were recommending that he not re-impose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the agreement between Iran, the United States and other world powers.But Trump, who has previously vowed to scrap ...

ANALYSIS: White House, senators seek Iran measure ahead of nuclear deadline

Friday, 5 January 2018

US senators and Trump administration officials met at the White House on Thursday, hoping to hammer out compromise legislation to tighten restrictions on Iran while keeping Washington in an international nuclear deal with Tehran.Senators Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin, the panel’s top Democrat, had an evening meeting with President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, to discuss possible legislation, ...

ANALYSIS: How to tackle Obama’s ‘cover up’ of the Hezbollah drug scandal

Monday, 25 December 2017

Long ago I wrote explaining how Congress is taking the lead on Iran policy. Recently, major developments involving the United States, Iran and the entire Middle East have placed the powerful US legislative body before obligations in the face of arguably the world’s most dangerous regime. At a time when Iran’s foreign meddling and ballistic missile drive continues to raise eyebrows out of deep concern, important spotlight is being focused on a shadowy aspect of Tehran’s ...

The new bloc against Tehran

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Truth be told, the pace of developments has taken us by surprise. Ever since Washington announced its decision against Iran’s government, Britain and Germany shifted their stance from insisting to remain loyal to the commitments of the nuclear deal to announcing that they support Trump’s plan to confront Tehran’s regime in the Middle East.It seems quite clear as the problem is not related to an agreement over nuclear activity as much as it’s about the wars, which Iran is ...

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ANALYSIS: Trump’s new policy: Solidarity with Iran’s people

Monday, 16 October 2017

US President Donald Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal on Friday and referred the case to Congress. It remains to be seen what measures await Tehran, especially considering the highly intensive quarrel that brought us where we are today. What is certain, however, is that this marks a major US policy shift vis-à-vis Iran, having impact across the flashpoint Middle East. Ever since the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower back in the 1950s and since the CIA-backed the 1953 coup ...

Saudi Arabia the first country welcoming Trump strategy towards Iran

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) expressed welcome and support of the resolute strategy announced by US President Donald Trump towards Iran and its aggressive approach, praising his vision in this regard and commitment to work with the US allies, in the region, in order to face common challenges, particularly Iran’s aggressive policies and actions, in the region, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has previously supported the nuclear agreement between ...

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