As Trump and Macron meet, Iran’s Rouhani warns on nuke deal

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Iran’s president reiterated his warning against a US pullout from the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers as meetings between President Donald Trump France’s Emmanuel Macron got underway in Washington.Hassan Rouhani said the United States will face “grave” consequences if Washington decides to withdraw from the 2015 agreement that curbed Iran’s controversial nuclear enrichment program in exchange for lifting international sanctions on the Mideast ...

Iran threatens to ‘vigorously’ resume enrichment if US quits nuclear deal

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Iran is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a US exit, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Saturday. Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that Tehran’s “probable” response to a US withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium -- a key ...

ANALYSIS: Iran and the ‘JCPOA 2.0’ conundrum

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

In Iran the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is known as “barjam.” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself once said he only signed the JCPOA, or Barjam, after the Sultan of Oman convinced him. To save face and wash his hands of any possible mayday calls in the future, Khamenei said he was certain that talks with the United States would be useless, yet went ahead to show good faith (read, “We had no other choice.”) In a recent ...

What if Pompeo’s appointment is also about EU, not just Iran?

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Trump may now have unshackled himself from Rex Tillerson but few in this part of the world were concerned with the foibles of his decision. Most, however, noticed saw how Qatar will soon be in the cross hairs of Mike Pompeo, who will not be so easily cajoled. There are other less sensational reasons, which click bait hungry outlets might not like to acknowledge and offer a more sober rationale as to what is going through Trump’s mind. They may also have ignored what his fatuous objectives ...

Martin Jay

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, ...

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