Are Iranian people aligned with US national interests?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Following a week of political roller coaster, doubts and strategic calculations, the US foreign policy team unveiled its new policy on Iran and measures to address the catastrophic nuclear deal, better known as the JCPOA.During a 20-minute speech on 13 October, President Trump laid out the major points of this new policy, which include the decertification of the JCPOA and designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order (E.O.) ...

Hamid Bahrami

Bahrain says it signed $3.8 billion deal for F-16 jets

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Bahrain on Tuesday announced it had signed a $3.8 billion deal with Lockheed Martin for 16 upgraded F-16 fighter jets.The Bahrain Defense Force signed the agreement with the US company during a defense exhibition in the country, home to the US Fifth Fleet, the state-run BNA news agency reported. US President Donald Trump has eased restrictions on arms sales to countries including Bahrain.In March, Al Arabiya reported that the administration of President Donald Trump has expressed its intention ...

US judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A US judge on Tuesday barred the White House from implementing yet another version of Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, hours before it was to go into full effect.The decision by Hawaii federal judge Derrick Watson – which the White House signaled it would appeal – marks the latest blow to Trump’s long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States.Watson said the third rendition of the travel ban ...

Trump and the coup against the coup

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Donald Trump did not shred the “very bad” nuclear deal with Iran. He has strongly shaken it and trembled the image that Iran tried to market at the international level after the signing of the agreement. He raised doubts and asked questions about what his predecessor, Barack Obama, considered the most important achievement of his era. The deal was not the most important part of the president’s speech. It was rather the message that Iran’s problem with the world and the ...

Ghassan Charbel

Key US Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

US Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday to work closely with European allies as it develops its new Iran policy.“This is something that can only work if the administration exercises tremendous diplomacy with our European allies,” Corker told reporters as the Senate returned to the Capitol for the first time since Trump announced his Iran policy.Trump defied both allies and ...

Blowing up the nuclear agreement

Monday, 16 October 2017

It was a matter of time before the clock ticks to reconsider the Iranian nuclear agreement, repeatedly described by US President Donald Trump as “the worst deal ever”. It is the worst. Trump needed 10 months to start an actual confrontation with Iran, while Obama took eight years to throw the safety buoy to Iran. Iran was delighted by the agreement since it is the greatest winner. Iran was allowed to exceed the limited heavy water quantities, which means that it would move on with ...

Salman al-Dosary

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 ...

ANALYSIS: Certified or decertified, Iran faces tough road ahead

Monday, 9 October 2017

All eyes are on US President Donald Trump and his upcoming Iran speech later this week to clarify his decision to certify or decertify Tehran’s compliance with a nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), designed to curb the regime’s controversial atomic drive. This has Iran’s regime on its toes, as senior elite in Tehran understand fully how the US can lead the international community in adopting strong measures against its broad ...

Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal, official says

Friday, 6 October 2017

President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that potentially could cause the 2015 accord to unravel. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump is also expected to roll out a broader US strategy on Iran that would be more confrontational. The Trump administration has frequently criticized Iran’s conduct in the ...

Trump: Iran has not lived up to spirit of nuclear deal

Friday, 6 October 2017

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Iran had not lived up to the spirit of the nuclear deal agreed with world powers and suggested he would reveal his decision on whether to certify the agreement soon. “We must not allow Iran ... to obtain nuclear weapons,” Trump said during a meeting with military leaders at the White House. “The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East. That is why we ...

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