What is Qatar’s position in view of US national security interests?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

What is Qatar’s position from American security interests in view of its crisis with the anti-terror quartet and the reinstatement of sanctions on Iranian interests?The Gulf-US policy is united against Iran. America and Gulf Cooperation Council countries agree on the importance of confronting the Iranian threat in the region but it seems Qatar is vacillating on the matter here as there is noticeable Qatar-Iran rapprochement and a great deal of understanding between Iran’s proxies and ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

OPINION: Why European companies are fleeing Iran after US deal withdrawal

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday put an end to bargains. Officially, Washington has begun its war on the Iranian regime. The weapons of economic sanctions threaten the entire regime and do not only restrain it. The French Total left the gas fields in the Gulf and moved on. Head of the Italian company ENI told the company’s board that they shut down their offices in Tehran and stopped searching for oil and gas. Airbus signed a contract to sell Iran 100 ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Here are the 12 conditions US demands from Iran to review sanctions

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Trump administration on Monday demanded that Iran make wholesale changes in its military and regional policies or face “the strongest sanctions in history,” as it sought to turn up heat on Tehran after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal.In speech that called Iran out for a wide range of “malign activities” apart from its nuclear program, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the negotiation of a new deal that would go ...

Zarif describes nuclear deal as a ‘dying patient’, Iran MP says

Sunday, 20 May 2018

An Iranian MP said that the Islamic Republic Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the nuclear deal as a "dying patient," after US President decided to withdraw from it. Mohamed Rida Radai Kotchi who heads the parliamentary reconstruction committee said to Mehr News Agency that “Zarif confirmed in a closed session that this Deal is in the intensive care and going through a very tough situation." He added that the session was held in the parliament and attended by ...

In first US foreign policy speech, Pompeo to discuss ‘totality of Iran’s threats’

Sunday, 20 May 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will outline a “diplomatic road map” and call for broad support from European and other allies to apply pressure on Iran to force it back to the negotiating table, a senior US official said on Friday, as Washington seeks to chart a course after it pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal.Rebuffing appeals from France, Germany and Britain, U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States 10 days ago from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six ...

The Iranian agreement that collapsed

Friday, 18 May 2018

There is no doubt that Barack Obama, with the key help of his secretary of state John Kerry who ran for the presidential elections in 2004, put in all of his efforts to finalize the nuclear agreement with Iran. During the long and tough negotiations, it was clear that the Iranians knew that Obama was keener than they were to reach a deal. Of course, all American presidents are keen to fulfill any achievements regarding a thorny issue. For instance, Bill Clinton tried to reach a final solution ...

Ahmad al-Farraj

Europe should worry about its interests with us

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The three European countries, Britain, France and Germany, are racing to reassure Iran that they are committed to the nuclear agreement and to offer guarantees that the deal will remain in place because, as they put it, it is important for their “shared security.”British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have announced that they agreed to resume implementing their countries’ obligations as per the nuclear agreement ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Explaining Israel’s growing role in the region

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The US’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran is an important development that will have possible political consequences and transformations in the region and on the players, the arena and the crisis. The new developments are dependent on the continuity of the American stance against Tehran and which may change if the Iranian government makes concessions to the US. President Donald Trump had promised Iran to go back to the agreement if it backs down and accepts his conditions to ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

US Navy chief expects Iranian behavior to enter ‘period of uncertainty’

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Iranian behavior is entering a "period of uncertainty," the head of the US Navy said Monday following President Donald Trump's decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal. US officials have in recent months credited the Iranian military for stopping years of "unsafe and unprofessional" interactions that had included Iranian vessels zooming within a close distance of US warships. But on May 8, Trump yanked America from the Iran nuclear deal, leading to questions about how Tehran ...

Photos spark speculations over Kerry’s ‘secret meeting’ with Iranians in France

Monday, 14 May 2018

US media outlets are questioning this week whether former Secretary of State John Kerry broke the law after photos emerged of him allegedly leaving a quiet meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif earlier this month in a reportedly last-ditch attempt to salvage the nuclear deal. Iranian activists took to social media to reveal the names of the diplomats who accompanied former Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi in Paris, where they allegedly met with Kerry. Kharazi is currently ...

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