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Iran will not hold negotiations with US as 'rogue' state: Iranian FM Zarif

- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US is turning into a "rogue state" by repeatedly violating international law, adding that Iran will not negotiate with a country that fails to keep its word and moves to sabotage one multilateral agreement after another. - 6/22/18

Preserving JCPOA key to global security: UN Chief Antonio Guterres

- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has underlined the need for keeping the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in place despite the US's withdrawal, saying the multinational accord is key to ensuring global security. In a meeting with Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), in Oslo on Tuesday, Guterres voiced his full support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying he is in talks with the remaining parties on the future of the deal. - 6/20/18

Iran Rejects Russian, Saudi Plan To Raise Oil Output, Rein In Prices

- Iran has rejected a plan by Russia and Saudi Arabia to increase oil production at a meeting of the OPEC oil cartel this week in response to consumer disgruntlement with rising prices. "I don't believe at this meeting we can reach agreement," Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told reporters after arriving in Vienna, where OPEC is headquartered, on June 19. - 6/20/18

Former Israeli Energy Minister Charged With Spying For Iran

- Israeli authorities have arrested a former cabinet minister once imprisoned for trying to smuggle drugs, this time on suspicion of spying for archfoe Iran, the country's internal security service says. The Shin Bet security service said in a June 18 statement that Gonen Segev was indicted on charges of "committing offenses of assisting the enemy in war and spying against the state of Israel." - 6/19/18

51 Organizations Demand Congressional Oversight of Trump's Muslim Ban and Extreme Vetting

- On the eve of a potential decision by the Supreme Court on Trump's Muslim ban, fifty-one organizations representing millions of Americans have signed a letter calling on Congress to take necessary steps to obtain full information about the Trump Administration implementation of it's Muslim Ban and "extreme vetting" policies. -NIAC Action - 6/15/18

Nuclear Diplomacy With North Korea And Iran: Let The Comparisons Begin

- North Korea and Iran represent significantly different nuclear-related challenges. The biggest difference is that North Korea has nuclear weapons while Iran doesn't and never has. If North Korea really were to become no longer a nuclear threat, as Donald Trump prematurely declared upon returning to Washington this week, this would mean Pyongyang dismantling an existing nuclear arsenal. With Iran, the task instead has been to close all possible pathways to development of an Iranian nuclear weapon and to ensure through comprehensive monitoring and inspection that Iran's nuclear program remains peaceful. -Paul Pillar - 6/14/18

Iranian Officials Vehemently Reject Netanyahu's Offer Of Help

- Officials of the Islamic Republic lambasted Israel on Monday, June 11, for launching a Persian website to "assist people and farmers of Iran to recycle water". Calling Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu a "deceitful showman", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, "I don't know to what extent one should respond to the remarks of a deceitful showman." - 6/14/18

EU says no better alternative to Iran's nuclear deal

- The European Union says the US departure from the Iran nuclear deal has had a negative effect on credibility of international agreements. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made the remarks on Tuesday while addressing a European parliament plenary session in Strasbourg. - 6/13/18

President Rouhani: Action Needed to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says it will be difficult for Tehran to stay in the 2015 nuclear accord it signed with world powers if it cannot benefit from the agreement. Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call Tuesday that the remaining co-signers to the treaty -- France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China -- will have to find a way to compensate Iran after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the pact and reimpose sanctions. - 6/13/18

Shi'ite Leaders In Iraq Form Unexpected, Pro-Iran Political Alliance

- Powerful Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has announced an unexpected political alliance with pro-Iranian militia chief Hadi al-Amiri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years. The two blocs won first and second place in the country's May 12 parliamentary election. By forming a coalition with Amiri on June 12, Sadr moves a step closer to forming a coalition with enough seats to hold a majority in the 329-seat parliament. -RFE/RL - 6/13/18

Iran, China discuss JCPOA, all-out relations on SCO sidelines

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has conferred with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015 and mutual relations, particularly in economic and trade sectors. - 6/11/18

Iran's President Rohani Warns Europe That Time Is Running Out On Saving Nuclear Deal

- Iran has warned Europe that time is running out on saving an international deal on its nuclear program and reiterated its criticism of the United States for "unilateralism" by withdrawing from the accord. Iranian President Hassan Rohani told a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security grouping led by China and Russia where Iran has observer status, on June 10 that U.S. efforts "to impose its policies on others are expanding as a threat to all." - 6/11/18

Tehran Urges World To Resist U.S. 'Bullying,' Compensate Iran's Losses

- Iran's top diplomat is asking world powers that remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal to resist what he called U.S. "bullying tactics" and ensure that Iran is compensated for economic losses that result from U.S. withdrawal from the agreement. - 6/8/18

Remaining signatories to Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) meet behind closed doors in Tehran

- Experts from the six remaining signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement have gathered in Tehran for their second meeting since the United States chose to unilaterally leave the multilateral accord. - 6/7/18

France, Germany, Britain Request Exemptions From U.S. Iran Sanctions

- In a letter to top U.S. administration officials, European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran have asked the United States to spare EU firms doing business with Iran from punitive measures. The foreign and finance ministers of Germany, France, and Britain, as well the European Union foreign-policy chief made the call in a letter, dated June 4, to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. - 6/6/18

Ardeshir Zahedi, Shah-Era Iranian Diplomat, Warns Against Creating 'Another Iraq'

- The tough U.S. line on Iran and speculation that Washington is pursuing regime change in Tehran have prompted a shah-era foreign minister to warn from Swiss exile against "turning [Iran] into a mess," citing the example of neighboring Iraq. - 6/5/18

Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei Orders Resumption Of Enrichment 'Within JCPOA Frameworks'

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the country's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) to start enriching uranium at a 190,000 SWU level from Tuesday June 15, "within the frameworks of the JCPOA," Iran's nuclear deal with the West. - 6/5/18

Israel intelligence minister proposes 'military coalition' against Iran

- Israel has proposed that "a military coalition" be formed against Iran in case Tehran pursues "military-grade" uranium enrichment, suggesting that the military force would comprise of the Israeli regime, the US, the Western states and their Arab allies. - 6/5/18

World must withstand law-breaking US behavior: Iran Foreign Minister

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says all members of the international community must stand up to US law-breaking behavior, bullying and disregard for the rule of law after Washington announced it was withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015. - 6/4/18

The Foreign Policy Implications of Kuwait's Vision 2035: Closer Economic Ties with Iran and Iraq

- Kuwait's Vision 2035 economic development strategy will have important implications for its diplomatic relations with its Persian Gulf neighbors. It will compel Kuwait to give a high priority to economic diplomacy in its international relations and invest more diplomatic resources in containing the Iran-Saudi tensions and maintaining good relations with Iraq and Iran. The reason lies in a key component of Vision 2035, called the Northern Gulf Gateway. - 6/4/18

Iran, Iraq start strategic oil swap scheme

- Iran says it has started exchanging crude oil with Iraq through a strategic project which is believed to open a new route for Baghdad to export its oil. Iran's Ministry of Petroleum announced that road tankers carrying oil from Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk had crossed Iran's border and were already delivering oil to reserves in the western Province of Ilam. - 6/4/18

EU must defend 'core' of Iran nuclear deal: Commission Chief

- The European Union Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, has warned about the adverse consequences of the United States' move to pull out from a key nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, saying the EU must adopt measures to protect the deal's core provisions. - 6/3/18

EU, China share commitment to save nuclear deal: Federica Mogherini

- The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc and China share commitment to preserve a nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015 and to work for its continuation. Mogherini was speaking at a joint press point with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Brussels on Friday following the EU-China strategic dialogue after the United States' move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), last month. - 6/1/18

Iran Supreme Leader's Aide Puts Forward Proposals To Counter US Breaches Of

- Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has put forward a number of propositions to develop the country's nuclear capabilities and counter US breaches of the Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), weeks after President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the agreement. - 5/31/18

Israeli Security Advisor To Meet Bolton To Coordinate Against Iran

- Israel's National Security Advisor, Meir Ben-Shabbat left for Washington on Monday to meet John Bolton, his newly appointed American counterpart, Israel's Channel 10 reported. The meeting will reportedly take place on Tuesday and will focus on coordinating policy towards Iran. The agenda of the meeting is specifically to discuss the renewal and revamping of a joint memorandum of understanding the two sides had signed in December on how to deal with Iran. - 5/29/18

German FM vows to assist Iran's economy if it adheres to nuclear deal

- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Berlin is prepared to help Iran improve its economy and business ties by the time that Tehran remains committed to a landmark nuclear agreement it signed with major powers in 2015. "We will continue to make efforts to fulfill Iran's hopes for economic recovery and good trade relations as long as Iran is ready and able to prove that it adheres to its obligations under the nuclear deal," Maas said on Tuesday. - 5/29/18

China To Host Iran's President Rohani During SCO Summit In June

- China will host Iranian President Hassan Rohani in June, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said as major powers look for ways to save the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. The Foreign Ministry on May 28 did not give the exact date for Rohani's visit, but said he would attend the June 6-10 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit as an observer. - 5/28/18

India will not follow US sanctions on Iran: Foreign Minister Swaraj

- India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj says New Delhi will keep trading with Iran and will only follow sanctions imposed by the United Nations and not those imposed by any other country, such as the United States, against the Islamic Republic. - 5/28/18

EU resolved to preserve Iran nuclear deal after US withdrawal: Mogherini

- The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc is determined to save a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries despite the United States' move to withdraw from the deal. - 5/28/18

The Saudi Lobby's Scheme to Destroy the Iran Deal

- They gave Obama their tepid approval, then poured millions into a three-year campaign to kill it--and won. The Saudi lobby's push began long before the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was formally announced on July 14, 2015. In fact, Saudi lobbyists had been working behind the scenes in the U.S. for years to ensure that the Kingdom's concerns were incorporated into any deal Washington would agree to with Iran--if there was to be a deal at all. -American Conservative - 5/28/18

THE POMPOUS POMPEO: Trump's Barnyard Approach to Diplomacy

- I watched, live, the newly appointed Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, deliver a half-hour-long prepared speech that highlighted his so-called "Plan B" approach to Iran at the neocon dominated Heritage Foundation last Monday. Hearing some of the key segments of his speech, it was quite clear that this "delivery man" was reading off a text prepared by a group-think that had to have included Netanyahu and Bolton (...no nuclear capability, not now, not ever!) -Kambiz Zarrabi - 5/25/18

An Open Letter to Federica Mogherini and the European Imperative to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal

- We, the undersigned, thank you for your speech on 8th May 2018, pledging the European Union's intention to remain steadfast in its commitment to the historic accord concluded between Iran and the E3/EU+3, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Too often, politicians have inclined to patronise and admonish, but, instead, you opted for a "universal language" of respect and dialogue. - 5/25/18

Iran, World Powers In Tough Talks To Salvage Nuke Deal

- Senior diplomats from Iran and five world powers have begun meetings in Vienna to try to prevent a 2015 nuclear deal from collapsing after Washington's withdrawal from the deal earlier this month. "It won't be easy, but we'll try," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said ahead of the talks. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement on May 8 and announced the United States would reinstate sanctions against Iran. - 5/25/18

IAEA report confirms Iran's commitment to nuclear agreement

- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Iran's compliance with its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, but has called on the country to go beyond its obligations. According to an IAEA report shown to the media on Thursday, Iran is observing the key restrictions under the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). - 5/25/18

After Talks With Macron, Putin Warns Of 'Lamentable Consequences' If Iran Nuclear Deal Collapses

- Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed Russia's appreciation for efforts by European countries to save the nuclear deal with Iran despite the withdrawal of the United States while warning of "lamentable consequences" if it was not preserved. Putin made the comments at a May 24 news conference in St Petersburg after talks his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron who traveled to Russia to discuss the Iran nuclear deal as well as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. - 5/25/18

Why Pompeo's speech on Iran is outrageous

- Speaking at the Heritage Foundation this morning, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo practically declared war on Iran. His unprecedented threats against Iran went even beyond what President Trump had said in the past. Commenting on the speech, JStreet wrote: "With their decision to violate the historic JCPOA arms control agreement, the president and his 'war cabinet' have created a strategic disaster of their own making and undone the major accomplishments of the previous administration. They have made the US, Israel and the world less safe." -Farhang Jahanpour - 5/24/18

No U.S-European Compromise Seen On Iran As Khamenei Steps Up Demands

- The United States and European countries are "a long way from a compromise" on a new Iran nuclear deal, Germany's top diplomat said, as Iran's supreme leader called on European countries to reject U.S. demands for a tougher deal with Iran. - 5/24/18

Macron Heads to Russia to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

- French President Emmanuel Macron heads to St. Petersburg Thursday for talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, whose support is key on matters ranging from salvaging the Iran nuclear deal to securing steady European gas supplies. -Lisa Bryant, VOA - 5/24/18

Once a Foe, US Now Hopes Iraqi Firebrand Shi'ite Cleric Becomes a Friend

- The prospect of firebrand Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wielding the greatest influence of any Iraqi leader over the formation of a government in Baghdad would have prompted panic in Washington years ago. They are pinning their hopes, they say, on al-Sadr continuing to move away from his old sectarian militancy and to emerge as a more inclusive Iraqi nationalist and, most importantly for Washington, remaining an outspoken opponent of Tehran. -Jamie Dettmer, VOA - 5/24/18

Trump, Iran, Europe: A Rebellion Of The Lambs?

- Donald Trump's decision to pull his country out of the nuclear deal with Iran arrived with a brutality that took Europeans by surprise. Of course, in the previous days, they had lost whatever illusions they still entertained. But there was still hope for a grace period that would allow them to obtain some gestures from Iran, or sanctions eased in return for their efforts. "One more minute, Mr. Executioner," they pleaded. But the blade of the guillotine fell nonetheless. -Francois Nicoulaud - 5/23/18

German Top Diplomat In U.S. To Discuss Iran Nuclear Dispute

- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was set to meet with top-level U.S. officials on May 23 for talks expected to center on the consequences of the United States' withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. - 5/23/18

The Myth of a Better Deal

- From imaginary weapons of mass destruction to fantastical currency unions, "magical thinking" in foreign policy leads to nothing but catastrophe. Let's not do the same with Iran. -Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy - 5/22/18

Iran: EU Not Doing Enough to Support Nuclear Deal

- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday that Europe's political support to save the 2015 international nuclear accord after the U.S. withdrawal was not sufficient if too many European companies end their investments in Iran. "The cascade of decisions by EU companies to end their activities in Iran makes things much more complicated," Zarif said after meeting with European Union energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete. - 5/21/18

EU Vows To Stick To Iran Nuclear Deal If Tehran Complies

- The European Union will remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal as long as Tehran continues to adhere to the landmark 2015 accord easing sanctions in exchange for curbs on its atomic program, the EU's top energy official said on May 19. - 5/19/18

EU to make direct oil payments to Iran to bypass US sanctions

- A plan by the European Union to make direct oil payments to Iran after the US re-imposes sanctions against the country is seen to risk the start of a trade war between Europe and the United States. The plan - which was unveiled on Friday - envisages Euro payments to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) for oil purchased by EU member states. It would be part of a package of measures adopted by the EU to save the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran after US President Donald Trump said he would take America out of it. - 5/19/18

Iran's President Rohani Calls On Muslim World To Cut Ties With Israel, Curb Ties With U.S.

- At a summit of Muslim countries convened by Turkey in Istanbul on May 18, Rohani said "if Israel faces a united front of Islamic nations, it will never be able to continue its crimes," Rohani said. He said a "new and young generation of Palestinians is aware of their rights and has no intention to withdraw or compromise." It was a rare show of unity between Shi'a-ruled Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations - 5/19/18

Pompeo Asks U.S. Allies' To Help Push Iran Back To Negotiation Table

- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is preparing a "diplomatic road map" on Iran that will call for European and other allies to help force Tehran back to the negotiating table after President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, a U.S. official says. - 5/19/18

They Want War With Iran, They're Settling For Economic War

- On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Valiollah Seif, governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist," accusing him of moving " millions of dollars on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to Hezbollah." OFAC's move opened a new front in the Trump administration's accelerating conflict with Iran. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 5/17/18

EU's Tusk Hits Out At Trump's 'Capricious' Policies Amid Iran Split, Trade Dispute

- European Council President Donald Tusk has slammed "the capricious assertiveness" of the United States under President Donald Trump, who he said has "rid Europe of all illusions." Tusk made the comments on May 16 in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, before an EU summit where the U.S. decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and the threat to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel products will be discussed. - 5/17/18

EU's Tough Choice: Analysts Say Staying In Iran Deal Is An Option If...

- European officials eager to salvage 2-year-old nuclear curbs on Iran are said to be exploring ways to ensure Tehran's continued participation following the U.S. decision to abandon the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), under which Tehran limited sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 5/16/18

European Leaders To Discuss Ways To Shield Firms From U.S. Sanctions On Iran

- European Union leaders at a summit in Sofia are expected to discuss measures that the bloc might take to shield European companies from renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran. EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini said on May 15 that European commissioners will first discuss whether the EU's 1990s-era sanctions-blocking measures can be used to protect European business interests in Iran before leaders at the summit take up the matter. - 5/16/18

Merkel: Germany Remains Committed To Iran Nuclear Deal

- Canceling a nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran would be wrong, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, adding that the U.S. withdrawal from the deal was among several pieces of "troubling news" that had occurred recently. - 5/16/18

The Danger Of Process-Free Foreign Policy

- The disturbing parallels between Donald Trump's policy toward Iran and the run-up to the disastrous U.S. offensive war against Iraq keep piling up. There is a drumbeat of belligerent rhetoric, with no limit to what the targeted country gets accused of doing. There is a highly selective, tendentious public use of intelligence, including presentations either to the United Nations or from an ambassador to the United Nations. There are even some of the same people, including John Bolton, who still says that the Iraq War was a good thing, who has made no secret of welcoming a war with Iran, and who today is Trump's national security advisor. -Paul Pillar - 5/15/18

Iran's Zarif Hails 'Constructive Meeting' With EU On Nuclear Deal

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed as "very good and constructive" the meeting he had on May 15 in Brussels with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini. Zarif was in Brussels on the final stop of a global tour aimed at rallying support for a landmark 2015 nuclear between Tehran and six world powers in the wake of Washington's withdrawal from the deal. - 5/15/18

U.S. Security Adviser John Bolton: Washington Not Pushing Iran 'Regime Change'

- White House national security adviser John Bolton says "regime change" in Iran is not currently part of the administration's policy, despite his past suggestions that the United States should push for a new government in Tehran. - 5/14/18

AFC Women's Futsal Championship: Iran champions again!

- The Iran women's national futsal team has vigorously ended its campaign at the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship, and defended its title as the champion of the continental tournament. The Iranian sportswomen defeated the Japanese outfit 5-2 in the final showdown of the event at Indoor Stadium Huamark in the Thai capital city of Bangkok. - 5/13/18

Iranian Court Sentences Eight To Death Over IS Attacks

- An Iranian court has sentenced eight men to death in connection with terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group that killed 18 people at the parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's mausoleum. The sentences were issued on May 13 by the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran. - 5/13/18

WHY OPT FOR PEACE WHEN MAYHEM AND WAR SERVE US SO WELL? Instability and War Make for Good Business!

- So, the President has officially pulled the United States out of the Iran Nuclear deal, just as he had promised to do during his campaign for presidency. Trump, just as the crowd of his diehard supporters, has no clue about diplomacy, global affairs or even a clear picture of world geography, but he has been and continues to behave as a cut-throat, anything-goes, businessman. -Kambiz Zarrabi - 5/11/18

Traders Look To Replace Iranian Crude Oil As Sanctions Loom Again

- Buyers of Iran's crude oil are winding down their business with the Islamic Republic after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimpose sanctions. - 5/11/18

Merkel Says U.S. Pullout From Iran Nuke Deal Undermines 'Global Order'

- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on May 11 that the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal undermines confidence in the global order. Merkel said the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions was far from perfect, but stressed it should not be "unilaterally terminated" since it had been approved by the UN Security Council. - 5/11/18

How Iran Should Respond To Trump's Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal

- The day that everyone was dreading arrived yesterday when President Trump announced that the United States will no longer adhere to the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). Before and after his announcement various commentators have discussed the implications of his decision for America's position in the world, its relations with Europe and the risks of greater turmoil in the Middle East. -Shireen T. Hunter, LobeLog - 5/10/18

AFC Women's Futsal Championship: Iran cruise into final

- Islamic Republic of Iran's title defence remains on track after they beat Vietnam 5-0 to reach the AFC Women's Futsal Championship 2018 Final in style. - 5/10/18

Hold The Deal-Killers Accountable

- At least President Trump's statement today about Iran made clear exactly what step he was taking: an outright material breach of U.S. obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multilateral agreement that restricts Iran's nuclear activities. Trump said that he will pile new sanctions on Iran, contrary to the commitment that was the U.S. side of the bargain that the JCPOA embodies and the United Nations Security Council has endorsed, even though Iran has scrupulously observed its side of the bargain. -Paul Pillar - 5/9/18

Iran implementing commitments under JCPOA: UN watchdog

- The United Nations' nuclear watchdog says Iran is honoring its commitments under the nuclear agreement it reached with world powers in 2015 a day after US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the landmark deal in defiance of international warnings. - 5/9/18

President Rouhani: Iran could remain in nuclear deal if its interests are guaranteed

- President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran could remain in the 2015 nuclear deal without the U.S. if its interests are guaranteed, otherwise it has other plans. "The people should be sure that we will take necessary decisions for various moves of the U.S. and it is the U.S. who will suffer harms in this respect," Rouhani said at an administrative council meeting in Mashhad. - 5/8/18

Iranian Women Defeat Uzbekistan 9-2 at AFC Futsal Championship

- The Iran women's national futsal team has clinched another emphatic win at the preliminary round of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship, and proudly advanced to the knockout stage of the continental tournament. - 5/8/18

U.S. will face 'historic remorse' if it quits nuclear deal, Iran's President Rouhani warns

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the U.S. will suffer "historic remorse" if Donald Trump's administration quits the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The warning by Rouhani came just a week before Trump decides to either stay in the multilateral accord or leave it. - 5/7/18

German, French FMs Join Britain To Press Trump On Iran Nuclear Deal

- The foreign ministers of Germany and France have joined Britain's foreign minister in a public push to convince U.S. President Donald Trump not to pull out of the nuclear deal reached in 2015 between Iran and six world powers. Speaking in Berlin on May 7 at a joint press conference with the French foreign minister, German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said: "We believe that this agreement makes the world safer and without this agreement the world would be less safe. We fear a failure [of the nuclear accord] would result in an escalation." - 5/7/18

Iran Convicts 16 Women For 'Serving IS'

- Sixteen women accused of being Islamic State (IS) militants have been sentenced to prison, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Ja'fari Dolatabadi announced May 6. "They were trained for terrorist actions in Syria and were detained after returning to Iran," Dolatabadi told Mizan Online, a website affiliated with Iran's judiciary, adding that police had confiscated more than three billion rials (roughly $70,000) that the women had allegedly been paid by IS. - 5/7/18

Oman: Between Iran And A Hard Place

- Oman doesn't like to take sides. In an increasingly polarized region, the oft-ignored Sultanate stands out for its efforts to seek common ground, finding paths to peace that sometimes elude larger powers. small size and its strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz makes it vulnerable to regional tensions and to the ambitions of its more powerful neighbors. Oman has therefore consistently sought to promote regional detente, often by providing a neutral site for talks and serving as a mediator. -Camille Lons, European Council on Foreign Relations - 5/6/18

Iran Will Not Renegotiate Nuclear Deal, Foreign Minister Says

- Tehran will not renegotiate a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on May 3. "Iran will not renegotiate what was agreed years ago and has been implemented," Zarif said in video posted on YouTube. - 5/4/18

Europe's balancing act on the nuclear deal: wooing Trump without losing Iran

- European leaders have been assiduous in lobbying Washington on the nuclear deal. But Europe must step up its diplomacy to ensure it does not lose Tehran in the process -Ellie Geranmayeh, European Council on Foreign Relations - 5/3/18

White House Joins Netanyahu In Making Case For Iran Deal

- Something remarkable happened last night regarding the Iran nuclear agreement. Despite Donald Trump's years-long uninformed noise about how terrible the deal supposedly is, the White House inadvertently justified its existence. -Ben Armbruster, LobeLog - 5/2/18

Fmr IAEA Inspector: Netanyahu's Cartoons About Iran's Nuclear Program are 'Baseless and Childish'

- In a 'show and tell' type talk, Netanyahu claimed that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program and tried to provide evidence that Iran is violating the JCOPA. Former US IAEA Nuclear Weapons Inspector Robert Kelley tells TRNN Netanyahu'ss claims are baseless, self-serving, and childish. -Sharmini Peries, The Real News - 5/2/18

Not linked to 9/11, Iran has to pay billions: US judge

- A federal judge in New York has ordered Iran to pay $6 billion to the alleged families of 9/11 attacks even though a state investigation has found no link between Tehran and those who carried out the bombings. -Press TV - 5/2/18



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