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Iranian FM Zarif meets Tillerson, P5+1 representatives over nuclear deal

- Representatives from Iran and the six world powers have come together to highlight the necessity of complying with Islamic Republic's nuclear agreement, despite threats by US President Donald Trump to scrap the deal. We raised the issue of Washington's non-compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) during the Wednesday meeting, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. - 9/21/17

Tillerson Says He Remains Hopeful Iran Will Negotiate Changes In Nuclear Deal

- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he is still hopeful that Iran will agree to negotiate changes sought by the United States in the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the Iranian president's rejection of new talks. In a news conference late on September 20 after meeting with other parties to the agreement at the United Nations, Tillerson for a second time singled out the deal's "sunset" clauses, which end restrictions on Iranian nuclear activities, such as uranium enrichment, after 10 years in 2025. The restrictions were imposed in exchange for sanctions relief. - 9/21/17

Turkey, Iran, Iraq Warn Of 'Countermeasures' If Kurdish Independence Vote Goes Ahead

- Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have threatened unspecified "countermeasures" if Iraq's Kurdish leaders go ahead with a planned referendum on independence. The three countries' foreign ministers met on September 20 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, ahead of the nonbinding referendum scheduled for September 25. - 9/21/17

Trump and Netanyahu Risk Repeating Mistakes of Iraq War with Iran

- "There was a remarkable tone deafness in Trump's outreach to the Iranian people. After having imposed on them a Muslim ban, despite the fact that no Iranian national has committed a lethal act of terror in the US, after declaring that Iranians only have themselves to blame when ISIS struck Tehran with terror, and after undermining and threatening to kill the nuclear deal that the Iranian people overwhelmingly support, Trump shockingly believes he can position himself as a friend of ordinary Iranians. But actions speak louder than words, and in all of his acts, he has shown deep animosity towards the people of Iran." -NIAC - 9/20/17

Trump's UN speech 'belongs in medieval times': Iran's FM Zarif

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that US President Donald Trump's UN address is not worth of a reply. "Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times - not the 21st century UN - unworthy of a reply," Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. "Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one," he stressed. - 9/20/17

President Trump Misguided in UNGA Speech: PAAIA Urges Trump Administration to Continue Implementing the JCPOA

- Today, President Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that the Iran Nuclear Agreement - otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - is "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into, and an embarrassment." -Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) - 9/20/17

Washington's Counterproductive 4H Fixation in the Middle East

- As the Trump administration projects uncertainty about its plans concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, it has redoubled pressure on its European allies to push back against Iran on unrelated issues, such as Iranīs "destabilizing regional activities." The thinking in Washington seems to be that the Europeans are so desperate to keep America committed to the JCPOA that they would go a long way toward acquiescing to US demands on those other issues. This, however, is wishful thinking. -Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog - 9/20/17

These Are 40 of the Most Terrifying Words in Donald Trump's U.N. Address

- President Donald Trump is poised to make one of the most fateful decisions of his White House tenure. In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, he lambasted the regime in Iran and, in a deeply misleading reference to the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, he said this of the United States -TIME - 9/20/17

Poll: Iranians Want Economic Reform, More Engagement With Europe

- A new IranPoll survey conducted in August finds that Iranians generally support globalization, want to see economic reform inside Iran, and want to improve their economic ties with Europe in particular. They are concerned, however, that U.S. pressure will cause European companies to think twice about doing business in Iran. The results show an Iranian public that seems increasingly optimistic about their economic future under the sanctions relief provided by the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)-at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump is seriously threatening the deal. -Derek Davison - 9/19/17

Sustaining the Iran Nuclear Deal

- 76 senior political, diplomatic and military figures from across Europe: The extension of the sanctions relief to Iran announced by the US administration on 14 September was welcome. But, we remain greatly concerned by reports that the US Administration might unilaterally declare Tehran non-compliant with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action") in mid-October at the next US decision point on maintaining sanctions relief. -European Leadership Network - 9/19/17

French Leader Raises Possibility Of Reopening Iran Nuclear Negotiations In 2025

- French President Emmanuel Macron in talks with his U.S. and Iranian counterparts has raised the possibility of renegotiating provisions of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal after their scheduled expiration in 2025, French officials said. The possibility was raised in separate one-on-one meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rohani on September 18 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the officials said. - 9/19/17

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini Calls Iran Nuclear Deal 'Good', Robust'

- European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said that the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is a "good" and "robust" agreement. "The Iran deal is a good and robust agreement that serves the interests of all parties," she said in a statement to NBC News. "It is not an agreement between two countries - it is a commitment undertaken by the entire international community on one side and Iran on the other, supported by a resolution of the UN Security Council," she said. - 9/18/17

Iran and the Nuclear Sunset Clauses

- Opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), always has been filled with disingenuous arguments. This reflects the fundamental illogic of the opponents' position: if the agreement were to be junked, this would mean removing a panoply of restrictions on Iran and re-opening now-closed avenues to a nuclear weapon for the very country that the opponents constantly contend is a serious threat. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 9/18/17

Iran implementing nuclear-related commitments under JCPOA: IAEA Chief

- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran is implementing its commitments under the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries. "The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said on Monday. - 9/18/17

Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran

- Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and push the U.S. to withdraw from the nuclear accord with Iran. Netanyahu will present an argument that Trump already has come to accept: America's adherence to the nuclear deal cannot solely depend on Iran's compliance with the agreement, but also whether Iran's other policies challenge U.S. national interests. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 9/18/17

Iran, UN Chief Voice Opposition To Plans For Referendum On Kurdish Independence

- Pressure increased against plans by Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to hold an independence referendum, with the United Nations chief and Iranian leaders adding their voices to opponents of the vote. Iran on September 17 warned that should Iraq's Kurdistan region gain its independence, it would mean an end to all border and security arrangements agreed previously between Tehran and the regional government. - 9/18/17

Abort the Iran Nuclear Deal and Increase the North Korean Nuclear Threat to the US

- US failure to implement fully the nuclear deal with Iran, perhaps even abrogating it while also continuing to isolate the country internationally, guarantees further erosion of Washington's already slim diplomatic opportunity to forestall North Korea's pursuit of a capacity to attack the United States with nuclear weapons. Even though Iran and North Korea are 4,000 miles apart and seem in Washington to be in different policy universes, they are in fact closely linked. -Robert E. Hunter - 9/17/17

Europe's Likely Response to Trump's Move Against Iran Nuclear Deal

- Opponents of the Iran nuclear accord (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)-both within and outside the U.S. administration-are setting the ground for President Trump not to certify Iran's compliance with the deal in October. In doing so, they contend that European allies would ultimately follow the Trump administration's lead on the issue, force Iran to renegotiate new arrangements, and eventually accept new concessions. -Reza Nasri, LobeLog - 9/17/17

No agreement on the Caspian Sea

- Recently some of the high-ranking officials in the Caspian Sea littoral states (Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) have indicated that the draft convention on the legal regime of the Caspian Sea is finalized and it may be ready for approval by the concerned states during their next summit conference. The reality is that the draft prepared after 50 meetings of the littoral states in the level of deputy foreign ministers contains nothing about the most important in the Caspian Sea: the criteria for division of the seabed and waters of the Caspian Sea. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 9/17/17

Trump Administration Seen Taking Harder Line on Iran

- President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to take unspecified action against Iran next month, expressing continued dissatisfaction with the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by Iran and a group of world powers, including the United States. "We are not going to stand for what they're doing to this country," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. "They have violated so many different elements, but they've also violated the spirit of that deal. And you will see what we'll be doing in October. It will be very evident." -Steve Herman, VOA - 9/15/17

Russia, Turkey, Iran Agree On Borders Of Syrian 'De-Escalation Zones'

- Negotiators from the three countries sponsoring Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, say they have reached an agreement to set up de-escalation zones in Syria for six months. The negotiators from Russia, Turkey, and Iran said in a joint statement on September 15 that the zones would include, either fully or partly, Eastern Ghouta in the northern Damascus countryside, and the provinces of Idlib, Homs, Latakia, Aleppo, and Hama. The statement said the six-month term could be extended in the future. - 9/15/17

Understanding the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Managing risks in an era of dangerous rhetoric and provocations

- In July 2015, the P5 + 1 and Iran finalized the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Today, it seems the JCPOA is under pressure from dangerous rhetoric and provocations...The risk that these confrontations escalate and lead to a collapse of the JCPOA cannot be ignored. Thus, I find myself once again assessing this watershed agreement and its implications for the security landscape. To better my understanding of the current state of affairs, I recently sat down with NTI's CEO and former Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, who was one of the JCPOA's principal architects. -NTI - 9/15/17

Nuclear Weapons Experts Warn Trump Against Abandoning Iran Deal

- WASHINGTON - More than 80 experts on nuclear non-proliferation issues urged the Trump administration Wednesday to not abandon the global agreement reached with Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear weapons development program. - 9/14/17

US Military Readying a More Aggressive Approach Against Iran

- The United States is looking to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East with a more aggressive approach in cyberspace. "They operate almost entirely in what we refer to as the gray zone, that space between normal international competition and armed conflict," the commander of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, said Wednesday in Washington, calling it "an area ripe for cyberspace operations." -Jeff Seldin, VOA - 9/14/17

Iranian Foreign Minister Meets Putin In Sochi Ahead Of Astana Talks

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Russia's Black Sea resort town of Sochi on September 13. The Kremlin press service confirmed the meeting but did not release details of the discussions. Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Zarif's talks with the Russian leadership would focus on the conflict in Syria as well as "the Middle East in general, issues related to Iran's nuclear program, and the situation in Iraq and the Persian Gulf region." - 9/14/17

European Parliament Opposes Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

- The European Parliament adopted today in Strasbourg a report on the implementation of the EU Common Position on Arms Export adopted in 2008. The motion, drafted by Bodil Valero, a Swedish member of the Green block, scrutinizes the level of compliance by EU member states with their own binding commitments governing the exports of military equipment and technology. - 9/14/17

Washington and Riyadh: Fading Memory of 9/11?

- The terror attacks of 9/11 have become a distant memory in US-Saudi relations. Washington's recent multi-billion American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, its continued coddling of the Saudi regime, and the absence of American moral outrage over the immoral war in Yemen show that America hasn't learned much from the attacks and that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni neighboring allies remain untouched by the dastardly terrorist deed. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog - 9/14/17

Anti-War Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Iran Nuclear Deal, Prevent Backslide to War Under Trump

- In a new letter sent to members of the House of Representatives and Senate this morning, anti-war organizations representing tens of millions of Americans are urging Congress to do everything within their power as a co-equal branch of government to prevent Donald Trump from dismantling the Iran nuclear deal and putting the U.S. on a path to war with Iran. - 9/13/17

Football: Iran's Persepolis routs Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli 3-1 in AFC Champions League

- Iran's Persepolis booked a place in the 2017 AFC Champions League semi-final after beating Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli 3-1 (5-3 on aggregate) at Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. Branko Ivankovic's side will face Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the semi-final. - 9/13/17

Iran Signs Deals To Repair Syria's Power Grid, Infrastructure

- Iran has signed a series of deals and memorandums of understanding with Damascus to repair Syria's electrical-power infrastructure, state media report, giving the Islamic republic a potential foothold in war-torn Syria's eventual rebuilding process. - 9/13/17

Qatar and Oman's Shared Interests

- For decades, Oman has had neutral stances on regional issues, refusing to take sides in conflicts with strong ethnic and sectarian undertones. Since the Iran-Iraq War, Muscat's foreign policy strategy has positioned the sultanate as a diplomatic bridge between other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and their Western allies and the Islamic Republic. -Giorgio Cafiero, LobeLog - 9/13/17

The Case Against the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is One Big Lie

- There's no reason to trust any of the Trump administration's criticisms of, or plans for replacing, the JCPOA. -Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy - 9/12/17

Iranian women urge UN to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

- A group of women-based Iranian organizations and formations in a letter sent to the United Nations asked the international body to act immediately to end the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. They seriously condemned the plight of Rohingya women and children and appealed to the Myanmar government, UN officials, human rights organizations, Muslim states, and human right activists to make efforts to solve the problem of Rohingya Muslims. Also, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Aung San Suu Kyi a "cruel woman" in which crimes against Rohingya Muslims are taking place under her eyes. - 9/12/17

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US, NATO

- Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off its military cooperation with the West in response to escalating pressure on Baku for its human rights violations. But that threat may ring hollow in light of Azerbaijan's declining importance for Western militaries. -Joshua Kucera, LobeLog - 9/12/17

Iran abiding by commitments under nuclear deal: IAEA's Amano

- Yukiya Amano, chief of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, reconfirmed on Monday that Iran is honoring its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Speaking at the seasonal meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna, Amano also said the body under his leadership is continuing to "implement the Additional Protocol in Iran". Additional Protocol allows surprise inspection of nuclear sites. - 9/11/17

Is a Saudi-Iran Thaw Possible?

- Saudi Arabia and Iran are rethinking their rivalry and a highly tentative, as well as a deniable, courtship is underway, say analysts. But it is fraught pitfalls and last week in London Saudi Arabia's foreign minister dismissed talk of a possible thaw as "laughable," saying Iran would have to change its policies dramatically for that to happen. -Jamie Dettmer, VOA - 9/11/17

Pakistan's Foreign Minister in Tehran amid standoff with US

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Tehran to discuss bilateral ties and the latest regional and international developments. Iran's Tasnim news agency said bilateral relations and the new US strategy in Afghanistan were at the heart of the negotiations. - 9/11/17

Yemen: Hiding Behind Coalition's Unlawful Attacks

- Members of the Saudi-led coalition have sought to avoid international legal liability by refusing to provide information on their role in alleged unlawful airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. In 2017, Human Rights Watch wrote to the coalition and its current and former members urging them to release information on their investigations and findings of laws-of-war violations as required by international law. None have replied. - 9/10/17

Trump Urges Persian Gulf's Arab States To Settle Disputes And Unite Against Iran

- U.S. President Donald Trump on September 8 urged Saudi Arabia and other Arab states to resolve their differences with Qatar and present a united front against Iran, the White House said. Trump spoke separately with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. - 9/10/17

U.S. Navy Denies Iran's Claim Says It Warned Off Warship In Gulf Of Oman

- Iran says it has warned off an American warship during the rescue of a boat in the Gulf of Oman, while the U.S. Navy denied any direct contact with Iranian forces. The hard-line Tasnim news agency reported on September 10 that the U.S. vessel turned away after the warning from a rocket-bearing Iranian military ship. - 9/10/17

Consequences of not Certifying Iran's Compliance with the JCPOA

- The Iran Project has issued a one page brief on the Consequences of not Certifying Iran's Compliance with the JCPOA - a decision that President Trump will face by October 15, 2017. If he decides to not certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, Congress will then have 60 days to consider reimposing sanctions on an expedited timeline that could end the U.S. commitment to the agreement, or they could decide not to act indefinitely. - 9/8/17

Haley's Dishonest Speech About the Iran Nuclear Agreement

- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that limits Iran's nuclear program, is for Donald Trump one more of the Obama administration's achievements to be trashed. It goes alongside the Affordable Care Act, the Paris climate change agreement, and other measures (most recently the "dreamers" program involving children of illegal immigrants) as targets for trashing because fulfilling campaign rhetoric is given higher priority in the current administration than whether a program is achieving its purpose, whether there are any realistic alternatives available, or what the effects of the trashing will be on the well-being of Americans and the interests and credibility of the United States. -Paul Pillar - 9/7/17

Iran under 'most robust' nuclear inspection: IAEA Director General

- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has defended the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying the Islamic Republic is under "the world's most robust" nuclear inspection regime. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano made the remarks at a panel discussion on global nuclear governance in the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia earlier this week amid Washington's pressure on the agency to request access to Iran's military sites. - 9/7/17

Only Political Imagination Can Save the Iran Deal

- On Monday, Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a speech on Iran and the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. think tank. Her speech was remarkable for many reasons, including her declaration that if President Trump "finds that he cannot in good faith certify Iranian compliance," an outcome long anticipated, "that does not mean the United States is withdrawing from the JCPOA." Rather, Trump's move would give Congress a period of "sixty days to consider whether to re-impose sanctions on Iran" under the Corker-Cardin legislation. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, LobeLog - 9/7/17

Amnesty International Report on Bahrain: A year of brutal government repression to crush dissent

- A new report published by Amnesty International today sheds light on the repressive tactics used by the Bahraini government over the past year to crush civil society and violently crack down on protests, leading to the deaths of six people, including one child. - 9/7/17

Trump's Decision on Iran Deal Does Not Mean US Withdrawing

- A senior U.S. official said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump decides not to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, it does not mean that the United States will withdraw from the multilateral agreement. "This is critically important, and almost completely overlooked," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said. - 9/6/17

Nikki Furiosa

- Nikki Haley's address at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on September 5 is so full of misrepresentations and distortions that the current prime minister of Israel would surely have been proud to deliver it during one of his annual appearances before the UN General Assembly. -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog - 9/6/17

Leaders of BRICS countries firmly support Iran nuclear deal

- The Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and the South Africa issued a declaration on Monday at the ninth BRICS summit in China's port city of Xiamen, expressing their strong support for the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). - 9/6/17

Global Outcry Grows Over Violence Against Burma's Rohingya Muslims

- A global outcry over violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma is growing, with Muslim-ruled countries saying they will demand action at the United Nations over the reported killing of more than 400 Rohingya since last month. - 9/6/17

Saudi Arabia Rejects Overtures From Tehran For Improved Relations

- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on September 5 rejected overtures from Tehran to improve relations after the conclusion of last week's annual hajj pilgrimage. "If Iran wants to have good relations with Saudi Arabia, it has to change its policies. It has to respect international law," Jubeir said at a press conference in London. - 9/6/17

Indians push for undersea gas pipeline from Iran

- With a $7 billion project to pump gas from Iran discarded, a 1,300 km undersea pipeline is finding new proponents in India where they say natural gas from the Persian Gulf can reach at rates less than the price of LNG available in the spot market. The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (Assocham India) has released the results of its study on "a trans-national deep water gas pipeline from Iran, passing through Oman but by-passing Pakistan," it said. - 9/6/17

Iran unveils drone base with warning to enemies

- Iran has unveiled an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) base for its fleet of drones which have given the country a remarkable capability in the fight against terrorists and protecting its borders. Head of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Farzad Esmaili inaugurated the airstrip on Sunday, as the headquarters released a video of UAVs parked on the tarmac at the undisclosed site. - 9/4/17

Nikki Haley: Neocon Heartthrob

- With the eviction of Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka from the inner precincts of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson besieged and taking fire from virtually all sides, neoconservatives - even the NeverTrumpers among them - must be quietly harboring renewed hopes that their restoration may soon be within reach. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 9/4/17

Iran Nuclear Deal Is Working: Access Debates No Cause for Alarm

- It was entirely proper for United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to visit the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 23 August to encourage robust verification of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. IAEA officials will have told her they are not restricted from visiting whatever they need to see in Iran. Never mind that this is nothing the US did not already know from its diplomats in Vienna, who meet daily with IAEA officials. -Mark Fitzpatrick, LobeLog - 9/3/17

Iran complying with 2015 nuclear deal: IAEA

- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran has lived up to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement. The United Nations nuclear agency confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in its latest quarterly report, the French news agency AFP said on Thursday. - 9/1/17

UN Nuclear Watchdog Says Can Visit Iranian Military Sites, But Won't Right Now

- The UN's nuclear watchdog agency has rejected Iran's claim that it cannot visit military sites to determine whether Tehran is complying with the 2015 nuclear accord, but it has no reason to seek such access at this time, media reports said on August 31. - 9/1/17

Iran-Israel soccer row apparently much ado about nothing

- News of Shojaei and Haji Safi being banned by Iran's Sports Ministry not only sparked an outcry among Iran's social media users, but it also sparked reactions from famous sports, political and artistic figures in the country. -Zahra Alipour, Al Monitor - 8/31/17

It's unlikely that IAEA surrender to U.S. pressure: Iran's President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said late on Tuesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency is very unlikely to surrender to the U.S. pressure and accept inspection of Iran's military sites. The remarks by the president came after Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, pressed the IAEA last week to seek access to Iranian military bases. - 8/30/17

US intelligence officials under pressure by Trump administration over Iran

- The administration of US President Donald Trump is pressuring intelligence officials in the United States to produce intelligence that could be used to declare Iran in violation of a nuclear deal the president despises, reports say. "Anecdotally, I have heard this from members of the intelligence community - that they feel like they have come under pressure," said Ned Price, a former CIA analyst, The Guardian reported Monday. - 8/28/17

Israeli Arms Manufacturer Alleged To Have Attacked Armenia From Azerbaijan

- Officials from an Israeli arms manufacturer fired two drone missiles from Azerbaijan into Armenian-held territory, according to a complaint under investigation by the Israali Ministry of Defense. According to the allegations - which have been denied by the company, Aeronautics Defense Systems - the episode occurred a little more than a month ago. Company officials were in Azerbaijan to promote their "suicide drone," the Orbiter-1K, and Azerbaijani officials asked for a sort of live demonstration, to launch the drone into Armenian territory. -Joshua Kucera, LobeLog - 8/27/17

Iran warns of 'illegal' US pressure on IAEA after Haley's visit to Vienna

- Iran has warned about the consequences of any "illegal" pressure on the UN nuclear agency after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Vienna for a possible review of the nuclear agreement with Tehran. Iran's permanent mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued the warning in a statement on Thursday, a day after Haley met IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in the Austrian capital. - 8/25/17

Iran says above 1,400 planes cross its skies daily

- Iran says at least 1,400 planes cross its skies everyday - an announcement that a top military official in Tehran says is a proof of the country's airspace security for regional and transregional airliners. "Today, Iran has been chosen [by airliners] as the safest air corridor in the Middle East," Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran's Air Defense Force, was quoted as saying by the domestic media. - 8/25/17

Will Trump recertify Iran? Much hangs in the balance

- Within two months, Donald Trump will have to make one of the most important decisions of his presidency: whether to continue certifying Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and six world powers in 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. So far, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the US intelligence community, and intelligence communities in Europe and the Middle East have concluded that Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement, and a decision to recertify would be consistent with those findings. -Richard Nephew, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - 8/25/17

Qatar To Return Ambassador To Iran Amid Regional Crisis

- Qatar says its ambassador will return to Tehran more than 20 months after he was recalled in protest over the ransacking of Saudi Arabia's missions by protesters. The decision defies demands by Saudi Arabia and several Arab allies that Doha sever remaining ties with Tehran. - 8/24/17

IAEA Briefs U.S. Envoy On Iran Nuclear Deal

- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has met with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials for what she has described as a fact-finding mission as part of the U.S. administration's review of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. - 8/23/17

Iran Denies Joint Operation Against Kurds With Turkey

- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has denied a claim by Turkey that the two countries were planning to conduct joint military operations against Kurdish rebel groups beyond the country's borders. "We have not planned any operations across the borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran," the IRGC said in an August 22 statement published by Iranian news agencies. - 8/23/17

Saudi Arabia woos Persian-speaking Sunnis in Central Asia

- In an unprecedented move that surprised many observers around the world, Tajikistan's state TV on Aug. 8 aired a documentary accusing Iran of involvement in the murder of several Tajik social and political figures as well as 20 Russian military officers in the country during the 1990s Tajik civil war. -Hamidreza Azizi, Al-Monitor - 8/23/17

Iran to resume 20-percent enrichment in 5 days if necessary: Nuclear Chief

- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the Islamic Republic is capable of resuming the enrichment of uranium to the 20-percent level at its Fordow facility within a maximum of five days if need be. In an exclusive interview with IRIB News Agency on Tuesday, Ali Akbar Salehi said President Hassan Rouhani's recent warning that Iran would accelerate its nuclear activities to an advanced level "within hours" if the US returned to a policy of sanctions had not been an "empty warning." - 8/22/17

Australia Defeats Iran, Claims Asian Cup Basketball Title

- Australia became the first-ever FIBA Asia Cup champions after beating Iran 79-56 in Sunday's Final in Beirut. Iran's Hamed Haddadi was named the tournament's MVP and headlined the All-Star Five where he was joined by his fellow countryman Mohammad Jamshidi, along with Shae Ili of New Zealand, Korea's Oh Sekeun and Lebanon's Fadi El Khatib. - 8/21/17

Iran will work to sustain nuclear deal: Foreign Minister

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his top priority is to ensure that a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries will stand. Speaking in a televised interview on Sunday night, Foreign Minister Zarif said the ministry under his watch would work first and foremost to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in place. - 8/21/17

US provocations aimed at demonizing Iran: UN Ambassador

- Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo has condemned Washington's latest accusations against Tehran regarding its nuclear deal as provocative measures aimed at creating Iranophobia. In a Friday statement, Khoshroo stressed that the August 15 statement by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Iran "is devoid of any shred of truth." - 8/20/17

Netanyahu's Priorities and U.S. Responses

- Recently I wrote about the two-sided Saudi policy on Iran, in which Riyadh sees good reason to take quiet steps to reduce tension with its neighbor across the Persian Gulf while still making alarm about a supposed Iranian threat the basis for keeping the United States tied to its side. But Saudi Arabia is not the only party in the region to exploit an anti-Iran theme as a basis for retaining U.S. support, and it certainly is not the most influential one in shaping U.S. policy. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 8/20/17

Iran Praises 'Martyrdom' Of Fighter Beheaded By Islamic State Terrorists

- A 25-year-old-member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) who was recently beheaded by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) is becoming the poster child of Iran's military efforts in Syria and Iraq, where Tehran has deployed hundreds of so-called shrine defenders to assist the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, fight IS, and spread its influence. Mohsen Hojaji, who according to Iranian state media was a member of Iran's advisory support team in Syria, was reportedly captured by IS last week in an ambush near the border with Iraq. Iranian media report that he was beheaded two days later. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 8/17/17

Iranian Soccer Body Says Star Players Not Banned for Playing Against Israeli Team

- After days of public outcry over an Iranian official's declaration that two national soccer players were banned from the national team for playing against an Israeli team, Iran's soccer federation announced it has made no official decision. Banning the players, who played against the Israeli team while employed by the national soccer team of Greece, would have been a violation of the world soccer governing body FIFA's regulations. - 8/17/17

Detente in the Persian Gulf is in Everyone's Interests

- But a lessening of tension in that rivalry is in Saudi Arabia's interests, as well as being in the interests of Iran. Both countries rely on the oil trade continuing without interruption from armed conflict or the fear of such conflict. Both have potentially restive domestic minorities that could find sympathy and support on the other side of the Gulf. For the Saudis this mainly means Shia in the Eastern Province... -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 8/17/17

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