Pompeo says US to impose ‘strongest’ sanctions on Iran

Monday, 21 May 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if the country’s leadership did not change the course of its foreign and domestic policy. Weeks after the United States pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, Pompeo spelled out a hardline approach towards the Islamic Republic that included working closely with the Pentagon and regional allies to contain Iran. Pompeo laid out 12 demands for Iran and ...

The unintended unravelling of the OPEC pact agreement

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The current OPEC plus agreement seems to be holding but the withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal has created some uncertainties going forward, with new red lines and slogans from all parties. Sometimes slogans can lead to far reaching consequences. This was the case with Drill, Baby, Drill the slogan, which proved to be popular and gained further prominence after it was used by Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin in her debate with Joe Biden in the 2008 US Presidential ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

As Iran licks its wounds post Trump snap, concerns grow further afield in India, Pakistan

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

US President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal may have pleased most in the Gulf region but it is beginning to have an impact further afield – more precisely in India and to some extent in Pakistan.India has had delicate energy equations with most energy suppliers in the region and this latest turn of events has only made it difficult. India’s Energy Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, during his visit to the UAE earlier this week, played down the crisis and hinted ...

Merkel: Transatlantic ties must endure dispute about Iran nuclear deal

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The relationship between Europe and the United States should endure differences such as the diplomatic dispute about Iran’s nuclear program, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. “Despite all the difficulties that we have these days, the transatlantic relationship is and remains paramount,” Merkel told lawmakers. “But these transatlantic relationship also must be able to deal with differences in opinion, especially as we can see these days with the withdrawal ...

Whom do you stand with, Iran or Israel?

Friday, 11 May 2018

It is a very embarrassing question because it violates all the concepts on which our political culture was built. Yesterday, Israel attacked 50 positions managed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria in retaliation for firing 10 missiles toward Israel. It was claimed that the Revolutionary Guards retaliated against the Israeli attacks a night earlier. Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa volunteered to explain the stance. He wrote on Twitter: “Since Iran ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

12 phone calls from Theresa May to Trump

Friday, 11 May 2018

Two parties engaged in a fateful battle to keep the US in the nuclear deal and were at some point more enthusiastic about this than the Iranians themselves. A European party and an American one that mainly consists of Democrats, particularly those affiliated with the faction of former President Barack Obama, the godfather of the deal. Although these two parties have some similar goals, they also have different motives. On the European level, British Prime Minister Theresa May exhausted US ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Iran FM Javad Zarif to visit Beijing, Moscow ahead of Brussels

Friday, 11 May 2018

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit China, Russia and Europe over the coming days for talks on salvaging the nuclear deal after the US withdrawal, his spokesman said Friday. Zarif is due to depart late on Saturday for a whistlestop tour taking in Beijing, followed by Moscow, and finally Brussels for a joint meeting with Britain, France and Germany, foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told AFP. It was earlier reported that Iran’s foreign minister will travel ...

Withdrawal from the deal weakens chances of war

Friday, 11 May 2018

Former US President Barack Obama used to view Iran as a “complicated country – just like we are a complicated country.” His successor, Donald Trump, believes that the Iranian regime is an “exporter of evil.” Developments have proven that the former was wrong.The US consequently withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after three years during which facts and evidence demonstrated that continuing with the deal would lead the region towards an ...

Salman al-Dosary

Will Iran oil sanctions advance China’s ‘petro-yuan’?

Friday, 11 May 2018

China is positioned to be a chief beneficiary of the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as it would give China leverage to demand oil imports be priced in yuan, several currency experts said on Thursday. President Donald Trump is preparing to impose new sanctions on Iran, the White House said on Wednesday, following the US withdrawal from the multinational 2015 agreement that stalled Iran’s nuclear program. The sanctions would aim to limit global trade of the oil ...

After moves on North Korea, Pompeo to press allies on Iran

Friday, 11 May 2018

Having returned from North Korea on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will begin talks in coming days to persuade allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to press Iran to return to negotiations over its nuclear and missile programs, US officials said.The open question is whether the allies, and above all Iran, will agree to resume full-fledged talks, having just seen the United States withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and renege on its promises under the landmark arms control ...

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