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U.S. President Donald Trump sacked his top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, on March 13, citing specifically differences regarding the Iran nuclear deal. ... Couple all this with escalating Iranian protests across the country, and the regime's recent intention of filtering Telegram, a popular messaging app used by over ...
The Iranian nuclear deal has looked very fragile since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016 but, so far, the U.S. president has been persuaded to leave the agreement alone. That position is not likely to last much longer, according to political consultancy Eurasia Group, which predicted the ...

Bolton's appointment suggests that Trump plans to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal on the next deadline, May 12. According to the intelligence assessment presented to political officials, Tehran faces more pressure than it has since the agreement was signed, in July 2015, for several reasons.
... European nations, along with Russia and China could likely keep the 2015 Iran nuclear deal alive if Donald Trump pulls the US out of the agreement, as has become increasingly likely with CIA Director Mike Pompeo being the next Secretary of State, the private intelligence Soufan Center said in a report.
Europeans should toughen their position in ongoing talks with the Trump administration if they are to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and limit insecurity ... between Iran and Israel, in addition to repeated pledges from Trump to confront Iran, most recently in his Nowruz message marking the Iranian new year.
The crown prince of Saudi Arabia said his country will develop nuclear weapons if its rival Iran does. Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the American television network CBS, “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit ...

“The Iran nuclear deal might have died Tuesday,” said the lead story published in the online magazine, The POLITICO, which alluded to the possibility as a possible upshot of Tillerson's ouster, who is being replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a close confidant of President Trump who had supported his ...
WASHINGTON — The Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, drastically different but often spoken of in the same breath, are now being thrust together, as President Trump's determination to kill the landmark 2015 accord limiting Tehran's capabilities is colliding with his scramble to reach a far more ...
Under the deal, Iran would need roughly a year, instead of less than two months, to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon, giving the international community enough time to detect any major clandestine nuclear effort, said the report, which is co-authored by the Carnegie Endowment for ...
Trump's continued application and tightening of sanctions in other areas over issues like rocket technology has led to a climate of economic apprehension among European companies who would have liked to get into the Iranian market again, yet fear being penalized for such an investment in their US ...
Moreover, if the Iranian regime reacts to protesters' calls by scaling back its interventions in regional conflicts, the protests could help to soothe the geopolitical tensions that spooked investors late last year, said the analysis obtained by Trend. Iran saw turmoil and political unrests over the past weeks, which ...
People attend a 'Stop Iran Rally' to denounce the Iran nuclear deal on September 1, 2015 in New York City. ... since to come up with a bipartisan compromise that would give Trump enough political cover not to re-impose sanctions on Iranian oil before a deadline next week, an action that would kill the pact.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- The hawkish rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump and the White House on Iranian protests will further complicate the prospect of an Iran nuclear deal, U.S. experts said Tuesday. At least eight people were killed, dozens injured and scores arrested as protests against ...
Member of the Iran-backed Hezbollah, a notorious Lebanon-based terror group, were protected by the Obama administration for the sake of safeguarding an already controversial nuclear deal with Tehran, according to a new report. “Project Cassandra,” a top-secret government initiative, faced systematic ...
But the nuclear deal proponents have argued that countering Iran's destructive behavior should be separate from the nuclear deal. The efforts to save the deal without incorporating measures to change Tehran's unacceptable behavior will provide the Iranian regime with the three vital tools - land, weapons ...
Obama derailed campaign targeting Hezbollah to secure nuclear deal with Iran: Report ... The Obama administration secretly derailed Drug Enforcement Administration efforts targeting the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah as it worked to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, according to a new report.
Iranian charged in HBO hack as Congress weighs nuclear pact ... governments including China, Iran and Russia, a once unprecedented move that ... According to the Post's report, DOJ officials were pressured to announce ...

ANALYSIS: How Iran exploits dual nationals as hostages for income and arms ... in Iran has increased since the signing of the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. ... to Iranian demands and the result became known as the Iran-Contra ...
Despite Washington's efforts to tear the Iran nuclear deal apart and ... the influx of Western investment in the Iranian economy," the journalists ...
The Iran nuclear deal is merely the cornerstone of a broader, ... This report outlines the key elements of such a strategy—a .... Undermine Iranian asymmetric activities in the Middle East and around ..... approach to information gathering and analysis, and to the agency's use of intelligence provided by states.
Analysis: Fate of Iran nuclear deal could hasten future conflicts for Israel ... Iranian uranium levels had dropped to below 300 kilograms, taking ...
The Trump Administration and the Iran Nuclear Deal: Analysis of ... to take each of the administration's claims of Iranian noncompliance seriously. .... In its most recent report, the IAEA stated that “Iran's enrichment R&D with ...
The killings of Iranian nuclear scientists have prompted political analysts to assume during an interview with Sputnik that Israel could have ...
Congress will soon have to decide whether to impose new sanctions on Iran, after President Donald Trump refused to recertify the Iranian ...
Iranian authorities also used a meeting with an American religious organization to ask for the release of a report on its nuclear program to be delayed in exchange for Levinson, the lawsuit said. At another time, Iran asked for the exchange of the ...
The IRNA report referred to the sanctions as a "reciprocal act," without elaborating. Iran's new sanctions comes after the Trump administration in February sanctioned more than two dozen people and companies in retaliation for a recent ballistic ...
[JURIST] According to a report [release] issued by IRNA [state news agency], Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 US companies for human rights violations and supporting Israeli "terrorism" against Palestinians.
Iranian officials insist their nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes. World powers, including the United States, want to curb Iran's nuclear program to keep it from developing a nuclear bomb, and Iran is keen to hold on to as much of its ...
To this day, several ballistic missile launches - capable of delivering nuclear payloads - have been Tehran's report card. Reports also show Iran increasing its support of the Houthis in Yemen by providing ... A number of Iranian first official ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - The inspections regime put in place to closely monitor Iran's nuclear activity is in jeopardy unless the U.S.
The family of Robert Levinson, the Coral Springs man taken hostage overseas a decade ago, has filed a lawsuit against Iran, saying that the country has lied about its role in his disappearance.
President Barack Obama built broad coalitions to combat the Islamic State; impose sanctions on Iran after the discovery of a secret nuclear facility at Fordow; punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine; conclude the Paris climate agreement; and halt the ...
U.S. Navy commanders accused Iran of jeopardising international navigation by "harassing" warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.
A Luxembourg judge denied on Wednesday a request from Iran to annul claims by families of victims of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on $1.6 billion of Iranian assets in Luxembourg, saying a court had to rule on the fundamentals of the case first. The assets ...
What You Need to Know About the Future of Nuclear Weapons Under Donald Trump ... hands on weapons-grade materials that they could use in a bomb," John Tierney, executive director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation, a nonpartisan ...
However, the Times report didn't rule out the incompetence of North Korea's missile-testing apparatus. Experts say that North Korea has successfully tested missiles within the past year, raising the alarm.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Russia and other world powers must move to limit Iran's growing military strength in Syria because it poses a regional threat, the director-general of Israel's Intelligence Ministry told Reuters in an interview.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday he would confront anyone trying to interfere in Iran's May presidential election, in which conservative hardliners will seek to defeat moderate President Hassan Rouhani.
Iran's efforts to rewrite the nuclear agreement, which global negotiators inked with Tehran in July of 2015 and which took effect in January of 2016, comes amid broader concerns over Iranian compliance. As the Institute for Science and International ...
President Donald Trump is a reckless bully with authoritarian leanings and a craving for attention. Kim Jong-un is a reckless bully with dictatorial powers and a craving for attention.
A current senior official at the State Department was a key component of President Obama's operation to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the American people under false pretenses. Chris Backemeyer, who serves as deputy assistant secretary for Iranian ...
Washington: Saudi Arabia hailed a "historical turning point" in US-Saudi relations after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders' shared view that Iran posed a regional ...
According to the head of a state-run Iranian newspaper, Nowrouzzadeh was an essential element to pushing through the Iran deal. Editor-in-Chief Emad Abshenass said that she opened up a direct line of communication with the Iranian president's brother.
Cold War tensions are returning to Europe as Russia upgrades its nuclear forces by deploying a new nuclear-armed cruise missile with the range to cover targets there.
US President Donald Trump's administration pledged on Tuesday to show "great strictness" over restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities imposed by a deal with major powers, but gave little indication of what that might mean for the agreement. The 2015 ...
More specifically, Obama's commitment to improving relations with Tehran raised questions about whether they could count on Washington as a bulwark against Iranian expansionism. Even if the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ultimately succeeds ...
The last such review was issued in 2010 and concluded "Russia and the United States are no longer adversaries" and also discussed "the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran. ... "The nuclear threat environment is dynamic and proliferating, with old ...
"[Vladimir] Putin's aggression makes the possibility of a war in Europe between nuclear-armed adversaries frighteningly real," writes Kimberly Marten in a new Council Special Report on tensions between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ...
Whatever the case, if the phone call was in any way related to Iran it will be easy to regard it as yet another example of growing coordination among Western and Middle Eastern powers as they seek to confront and counteract Iranian ascendancy in the ...
Similar incidents happen occasionally, but the last serious one was in January when a US Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the strait after they allegedly closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated ...


 

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