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Iran offers no "nuclear threat". There is not the slightest evidence that it has the centrifuges necessary to enrich Uranium to weapons-grade material. The head of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, has repeatedly said his inspectors have found nothing to support American and Israeli claims. Iran has done nothing illegal; it has demonstrated no territorial ambitions nor has it engaged in the occupation of a foreign country - unlike the United States, Britain and Israel. It has complied with its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to allow inspectors to "go anywhere and see anything" - unlike the US and Israel. The latter has refused to recognise the NPT, and has between 200 and 500 thermonuclear weapons targeted at Iran and other Middle Eastern states.
"The agency has been able to verify the non-diversion of the declared nuclear materials at the enrichment facilities in Iran and has therefore concluded that it remains in peaceful use."
International Atomic Energy Agency report, Aug. 28, 2007
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The addition of John Bolton to Trump's national security team is another boost for critics of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Bolton is in favour of killing the deal and has previously supported the idea of bombing Iran. Many Iranians say they won't miss the deal if it is scrapped, as small businesses feel ...
John Bolton on Thursday was named national security advisor by President Trump, replacing H.R. McMaster, who stepped down. Bolton will be the third national security advisor to serve Trump, following the departures of three-star Army generals Michael Flynn and H.R. McMaster. Here's a roundup of ... Iran North Korea

The paradox lies in the Saudi opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal. Ostensibly, the kingdom, which says deterring Iran is a weighty justification for its own nuclear needs, should support the Iran agreement and try to convince Tehran not to abandon it. The deal is supposed to neutralize the Iranian ...
After a year of complaining about the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), U.S. President Donald Trump finally resorted to threats. In January, he gave Congress and Europe an ultimatum: if they did not fix what he considered the agreement's ...

The Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee also called on world powers to reimpose sanctions on Iran if it violates the resolution and condemned what it called Iran's meddling with Arab internal affairs, claiming that Tehran undermines stability in the region. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi ...
The United Nations atomic watchdog's chief has warned that a collapse of the Iran nuclear deal with six world powers including the US would be a “great loss”, and defended the inspection system that has been put in place for the agreement, writes Nassir Shirkhani. The deal is crucial to Iran's efforts to win ...
Amidst efforts to rescue the Iran nuclear deal, Iran has recently declared that its missile production has increased three-fold, despite international pressure setting on curtailing its military ambitions. According to Iranian media, a senior military official, speaking from the headquarters of the Iranian air force, ...
Iran intends to again accuse the United States of violating the landmark 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers at next week's meeting on the agreement in Vienna, a senior Iranian diplomat said Wednesday. "The U.S. is regularly violating the nuclear deal and this is a source of concern for ...
It's possible the deal, which could allow US firms to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia, may waive a US government prerequisite — called a 123 Agreement — that ensures countries agree to the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. The talks come as President Donald Trump focuses on Iran's nuclear capabilities and ...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned the West will come to "regret" the day the nuclear agreement collapses, laying blame on the United States for trying to sabotage the historic deal. Rouhani's comment came as a senior Revolutionary Guard official vowed on Tuesday that Iran will defy pressure ...
Netanyahu's address came as Trump and Congress are considering their options on the Iranian nuclear deal, which the president decertified in October. Senators, led by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., are working on legislation that could reimpose sanctions on Iran if it ...
So I'm not sure that [ending the Iran deal] is gonna end up having a detrimental effect." Trump has long opposed the 2015 deal, which curtails Tehran's development of nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief, partly because his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, regarded it as ...
Iran will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle their nuclear weapons, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday. While Iran has accepted curbs on its nuclear work — which it says is for purely peaceful purposes — it has repeatedly refused to discuss its ...

The United States and Europe are engaged in high-stakes talks after President Donald Trump imposed a deadline to revise the Iran nuclear deal. ... An Iranian man reads a copy of the daily newspaper 'Omid Javan' bearing a picture of US President Donald Trump with a headline that reads in Persian ...
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke "in favor of strict observance to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the settlement of the situation around Iran's nuclear program, TASS reported quoting the press service of the Russian MFA. During the phone ...
Sheikhzadeh's prosecution — and the accusations traded between the government and his defense counsel — open a window on intelligence efforts unfolding in the wake of the Iran nuclear agreement and the role of federal law enforcement in the political rivalry between Washington and Tehran.
Tehran's prosecutor says an unnamed person has been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of relaying information about Iran's nuclear program to a U.S. intelligence agent and a European country. Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told judiciary news website Mizan that the Iranian court also ...
In a televised speech on Sunday, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said: “The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russia with a new atomic weapon.” Rouhani, who opened the way to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers including the US, added: “The same people who supposedly believe ...
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) speak during a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R), Tehran, Iran, ... Europe has to decide what to do in case the US makes good on its threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Foreign Minister Reynders emphasised that Belgium was against any renegotiation of the Iran nuclear deal. He added that Saudi-Belgian ties are making progress. The Saudi foreign minister, when asked about the situation in Yemen, held Houthi rebels responsible.
Provisions for international inspection of suspected military-related nuclear facilities are utterly inadequate, and the U.S. is likely not even aware of all the locations. Little is known, at least publicly, about longstanding Iranian-North Korean cooperation on nuclear and ballistic-missile technology. It is foolish ...
To understand President Trump's recent decision to keep the Iranian nuclear deal alive by waiving sanctions against Iran for the third time—but saying this will be the last time he will do so, unless the deal is significantly renegotiated—requires an understanding of the history of arms control deals negotiated ...
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Kremlin considers it necessary to preserve existing agreements on the Iranian nuclear dossier, as they reflect the consensus of many parties, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday when asked what the Kremlin's attitude was to the extension of sanctions ...
(PARIS) — French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to play world peacemaker, using a phone call with President Donald Trump to insist on the importance of the Iranian nuclear accord and efforts to calm tensions with North Korea. Macron's office said Thursday that Macron stressed to Trump that it's ...
The Trump administration also announced new sanctions against 14 Iranian nationals and organizations for behavior unrelated to the country's nuclear program. Those measures are being imposed on Iran for its government's human rights abuses and censorship, mainly tied to widespread national ...
Under the deal, Iran allows strict limits on its nuclear program in return for easing of economic sanctions. The White House also announced Friday that the administration is placing new, specific sanctions on 14 Iranian people or agencies. This follows previous practice, in which a reluctant president has ...
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was due to arrive in Brussels on Thursday to meet with the German, French and British foreign ministers and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, to discuss the country's nuclear deal before the United States' makes a decision on sanctions tomorrow.
"The prognosis for the Iranian nuclear deal in 2018 also looks fairly bleak, and the persistent threat of a U.S. sanctions snapback could curtail foreign investment in the Iranian energy sector and imperil output expansion plans," Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, said in ...
US exploiting Iran protests to 'undermine & shatter' nuclear deal – Moscow ... Moscow has warned Washington against meddling in Iran's internal affairs, blaming the US for using the situation in the Islamic Republic to hamper the nuclear agreement with Tehran, which took years of hard work to reach.
National Security Council officials hosted a group of like-minded foreign policy experts Tuesday evening to discuss the U.S. response to the Iran protests. ... States can support anti-regime protests that have broken out across Iran over the last week, at least through efforts to combat Iranian censorship.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump administration and members of Congress are working on a new set of nuclear- and missile-related Iran sanctions that would replace the 2015 nuclear agreement that permits the Islamic republic to resume nuclear weapons development after ten years, Vice President ...
“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime,” Trump tweeted today. ... “The nuclear deal generated huge economic expectations that quite frankly were never going to be met,” says Ilan Goldenberg, a former official at the US departments of defense and state who now ...
Trump earlier had tweeted that the Iranian government was repressive, "brutal and corrupt" and that it was "TIME FOR CHANGE!" Leaders in Europe have offered more measured responses. Several nations in the region have begun investing in Iran since sanctions were lifted following the 2015 nuclear ...
They demand further scrutiny of the nuclear deal that former President Barack Obama struck with Tehran in his hapless attempt to build a legacy of foreign policy competence. The deal, sold to the public with optimistic falsehoods, looks worse each day. As Iranian public protests gather momentum, it throws ...
I often disagree with the opinions that Theodore L. Gatchel expresses in his monthly Commentary pieces, and I do so with regard to his Dec. 3 piece (“Iran deal a trap instead of a treaty”). I agree with his main premise that Barack Obama made an end-run around Congress to reach a nuclear agreement with ...
The White House has seized on anti-government protests rocking Iran as glittering vindication of its criticisms of the Obama administration's approach to the leadership in Tehran. President Donald Trump and other senior administration figures are loudly cheering the Iranian demonstrators, sensing an ...
His 17 posts included the taunt to North Korea, an expression of support for Iran's anti-government protesters, comments that roiled relations with Pakistan and the Palestinians, and other denunciations. (The Times was one target.) But on Wednesday, Mr. Trump issued a printed statement to essentially ...
Between January 11 and 17, Trump will have a chance to fulfill his campaign promise of ripping up the Iranian nuclear deal. Why those specific dates? Because that's when Trump will have to sign a number of documents extending the temporary waiver of key economic sanctions against Iran – which were ...
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"The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance," Mogherini said after the meeting. "Iran is fully complying with the commitments made under the agreement." Zarif said the Iranian people "have every right" to all ...
Last year, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis advocated that Trump remain in the Iran nuclear deal and attest to Iranian compliance with its terms. Both pointed out that nothing in the deal stopped Trump from taking tougher action on Iran outside the narrow terms of the ...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is working on a plan "to fix" the Iran nuclear deal as speculation continues on whether President Donald Trump will scrap ... One option legislators are discussing with the White House is removing the requirement that Trump certify Iranian compliance.
Iran can get around the “sunset provision” of refraining from a nuclear weapons breakout for 10 years after the commitment was made among the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal: Tehran would be ... The deal curbs Iranian production of plutonium, another other element that can be used to build the bomb.
TEHRAN, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- Kazakh company Kazatomprom has delayed its delivery of uranium to Iran as it is seeking the permission of six world powers involved in the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, local media reported Sunday. Galymzhan Pirmatov, Kazatomprom's chairman, was quoted by Financial ...
A covert DEA investigation into a Hezbollah drug smuggling operation was halted, allegedly, to aid the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran. ... But many Project Cassandra agents insist the main reason was a political choice to prioritize the Iranian nuclear agreement over efforts to crack down on ...
Saudi Arabia should not forfeit its "sovereign" right to one day enrich uranium under its planned civilian nuclear program, especially as world powers have allowed Iran to do so, a senior Saudi royal told Reuters. Former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal's comments reinforced Riyadh's stance on what ...


 

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