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Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton Threatens Iran: 'There will be hell to pay'

- The National Iranian American Council condemned National Security Advisor John Bolton's saber rattling speech outside the UN in which he ominously threatened that 'there will be hell to pay' for Iran: "Bolton has called for the U.S. to bomb Iran for over a decade and is now in the driver's seat of the Trump Administration's foreign policy. His threats are aimed at inflaming tensions, preventing any possibility that his boss might negotiate with Iran, and goading Iran into to doing something that could justify a U.S. attack... - 9/26/18

Trump's War Hysteria Against Iran Ignores Middle East Realities

- By threatening a devastating war against Iran, President Donald Trump's recent response to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani's benign statement about "the mother of all peace" and "the mother of all war" is another example of erratic and dangerous foreign policy pronouncements. Trump tweeted in capital letters that Iran "will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before." -Emile Nakhleh - 8/1/18

The Ugly Destination Of Trump's Iran Policy

- President Trump's belligerent, all-caps tweet about Iran this past weekend is hardly a natural response to anything the Iranians have been saying or doing lately. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did make a speech on Sunday in which he stated, "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars," while advising Trump that "to play with the lion's tail" would become a source of "regret." So, Rouhani was saying that he wants peace with America and that moving toward war would be a bad idea. Hardly the stuff that ordinarily would provoke a flaming riposte. -Paul Pillar - 7/24/18

Iranian Americans Speak Out Against Pompeo's Conflict of Choice with Iran

- Washington, D.C. - Jamal Abdi, Vice President for Policy of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in advance of Sec. Mike Pompeo's address on Iran in California this evening. The National Iranian American Council organized a letter from prominent Iranian Americans objecting to the Trump administration's efforts to destabilize Iran, which was featured in a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times today: - 7/23/18

Meet Amir Fakhravar, the 'snake oil salesman' pushing regime change in Iran

- Fakhravar has become the darling of the Fox News crowd, while opposition activists denounce him for peddling misinformation -Belen Fernandez, Middle East Eye - 7/20/18

Climbers for Peace trio bound for volcanic peak in Iran

- Three Santa Rosa men are embarking today on a mission to climb a world-famous mountain and promote peace in a land many Americans would consider off limits. Their goal is to stand at the summit of Mount Damavand on July 7. At 18,605 feet, it's the highest volcano in Asia and rated the 12th most prominent peak in the world. -The Press Democrat - 6/29/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump's Silence On A Saudi Nuclear Bomb

- It's said that the only two people Donald Trump does not criticize are Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. You can add Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) to that list. With the prince's two week trip to the United States coming to a close, Trump remained stone silent after the heir apparent to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced his nuclear plans on American television. "Without a doubt," MbS told CBS host Norah O'Donnell, "if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible." Not a single voice of protest was heard from the Trump administration. -Joe Cirincione - 3/30/18

Trump's New War Cabinet

- On Thursday, President Trump moved one step closer to completing his preferred cabinet. General H.R. McMaster, whom Trump called boring, was replaced as national security advisor by ultra-hawk John Bolton. This is the same John Bolton who wrote the forward for Pamela Geller's hate-filled book about President Obama, called on Israel to nuke Iran, ... -Shahed Ghoreishi, LobeLog - 3/25/18

With Bolton Pick, Trump is Assembling an Iran War Cabinet

- Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement regarding the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor: "Donald Trump may have just effectively declared war on Iran. With the appointment of John Bolton, and nomination of Mike Pompeo at State, Trump is clearly putting together a war cabinet. As the world awaits Trump's May 12 decision as to whether he will abandon the Iran nuclear deal, all of the signs now point to a decision to move to war footing. - 3/23/18

The Untold Story of John Bolton's Campaign for War With Iran

- But the strong likelihood that Donald Trump will now choose John Bolton as his next national security advisor creates a prospect of war with Iran that is very real. Bolton is no ordinary neoconservative hawk. He has been obsessed for many years with going to war against the Islamic Republic, calling repeatedly for bombing Iran in his regular appearances on Fox News, without the slightest indication that he understands the consequences of such a policy. -Gareth Porter, American Conservative - 3/22/18

Trump's And Pompeo's Path To Nuclear Crisis

- The prospective replacement of Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo clears one of the last apparent hurdles between Donald Trump and his destruction of a significant diplomatic achievement that has been squarely in the interests of the United States, of nuclear nonproliferation, and of the containment of conflict in the Middle East. This is, of course, the multilateral agreement that restricts Iran's nuclear program, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 3/16/18

Professors to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres: Use Persian New Year Norooz as opportunity to promote peace

- A group of distinguished professors and intellectuals have written a letter to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres calling on him to use Norooz, the Persian New Year, as an opportunity to remove "structural violence" in international system in order to achieve true peace (Positive Peace). Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Norooz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness... - 3/4/18

Neocons Call For War Against Iran In Syria After Israeli Strikes

- The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a little known but highly influential hawkish think tank in Washington that has made a name for itself over the past few years by opposing the Iran nuclear deal and its subsequent (and current) efforts to derail it. Aside from its long tradition of opposing negotiations with Iran, FDD has also been known as a safe space for its staff--chief among them CEO Mark Dubowitz--to call for war against Iran and/or regime change. -Ben Armbruster - 2/17/18

China, Iran, Russia Lash Out At U.S. Nuclear Policy Plan

- Russia, Iran, and China have strongly criticized Washington's newly revealed policy plan to expand U.S. nuclear weapons capabilities in order to deter other countries. The plan, which calls for the U.S. nuclear arsenal to be revamped with the development of new low-yield atomic weapons, was announced in a policy statement by President Donald Trump's administration released on February 2. - 2/5/18

UN Chief Warns Against Endangering Iran Nuclear Deal

- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging nations not to damage Iran's 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers because of concerns they may have with Iran's nonnuclear military activities in the Middle East. "Issues not directly related to the [nuclear deal] should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments," Guterres said in a statement on January 17. - 1/18/18

Killing The Iran Nuclear Agreement With A Thousand Cuts

- Don't be either fooled or relieved by President Trump's waiving, for now, of nuclear sanctions on Iran, and thus his forgoing of an explicit withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. Trump still is determined to destroy the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), though not necessarily in the way he threatens, or in a way some have feared. He is set on destroying the JCPOA partly because of the same guiding principle, if it can be called that, steering so much of his presidency, which is to tear down any significant accomplishment of his predecessor... -Paul Pillar - 1/14/18

Trump's Iran Statement: A View From Europe

- It is with some reluctance that I write about President Donald Trump's latest statement on Iran, because the statement is so full of half-truths, untruths, and logical fallacies that it is bad for one's blood pressure to have to dwell on it for any length of time. I will try to limit damage to my constitution by focussing on just a few of the statement's most disturbing features. -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog - 1/13/18

European Diplomats Urge Sticking With Iran Nuclear Deal

- European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program is working, and that while there are concerns about Iran's development of ballistic missiles and other activities in the Middle East, those should be dealt with as a separate issue. - 1/12/18

Iran--On The Brink?

- With the emergence of demonstrations and rioting in various Iranian cities earlier this month, Washington's neoconservatives and interventionist/ imperial-minded "liberals" have been given a new lease on life in promoting their aspirations for "regime change" in Tehran. Indeed, of the three current potential global flashpoints--North Korea, Russian borderlands, and Iran in the Gulf--Iran arguably presents the most likely situation to actually turn into war. The other two regions, Russia and Korea, pose such potentially appalling nuclear dangers that, rhetoric aside, one would hope will seriously deter national leadership from contemplating. -Graham Fuller, LobeLog - 1/12/18

52 U.S. Security Experts Issue Statement Backing Iran Nuclear Deal

- Today (Jauray 8, 2018) a bipartisan group of 52 American national security leaders issued a statement urging U.S. policymakers not to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement. They also expressed support for the rights of the Iranian people to free speech and condemned the use of force against protestors. - 1/9/18

Iran Hawks Embrace Protest Movement But Show Little Concern For Iranian Lives

- As the protests across Iran reach the one-week point, Iran hawks are using their echo chamber to claim concern for the wellbeing of Iranian protesters and pushing the Trump administration and policymakers to publicly state their support of the burgeoning protest movement. But these same hawks have a long history of opposing diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran's nuclear program and instead threatening military strikes on Iran. This record belies their stated concern for Iran's civilian population and raises serious questions about their motivations in embracing the protesters. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 1/4/18

Drugs Versus Nukes

- Those wishing to kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that restricts Iran's nuclear program, have never given up. The agreement's ever-lengthening successful record, now more than two years old, of keeping closed all possible pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon ought to have discouraged would-be deal-slayers. But the slayers got a new lease on life with the election of Donald Trump... -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 12/28/17

Clean Break II: Iran Hawks Decide To Burn It All Down

- But who cares about all of that? It doesn't seem to be an issue for at least some of America's anti-Iran hawks. In response to Iran's rising profile in the Middle East, fueled mostly by a war those neocons ardently championed and the striking ineptitude of the hawks' new favorite Persian Gulf monarchy, the intellectual heirs to the men who drew those ill-fated borders are proposing, long after it might have done any good, to re-draw them. -Derek Davison and Jim Lobe - 12/28/17

Why Is NPR Giving Ample Air-Time To Anti-Iran Deal Propaganda?

- National Public Radio isn't typically known for trafficking in right-wing talking points, but the radio news network more generally favored by Americans of progressive persuasion has been quietly garnering a reputation among Washington insiders for promoting opponents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action--as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known--and letting them air their talking points largely unchallenged. -Ben Armbruster, LobeLog - 12/21/17

Renewed Uncertainty For The JCPOA

- With relatively little fanfare, an important deadline passed by on December 12: the 60-day window during which Congress could have reimposed nuclear-related sanctions on Iran. That window had been opened on October 13 when President Donald Trump-under the terms of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA)-refused to certify that the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) was in America's national interest. -Derek Davison - 12/14/17

United Nations Chief Urges Washington To Honor Obligations Under Iran Nuclear Deal

- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed support for the 2015 Iran deal from all the signatories except for the US, calling on Washington to also honor its obligations under the landmark agreement. Guterres made the remarks in a report on implementation of a UN resolution that endorsed the July 2015 nuclear agreement, which was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. - 12/14/17

Misusing Intelligence To Sell Conflict With Iran

- Although nobody knows exactly where Donald Trump intends to go with his campaign of seeking confrontation with Iran, his administration already has provided disconcerting parallels with the techniques an earlier U.S. administration used in selling its launching of a war against Iraq. Among these techniques is the cherry-picking of intelligence not to inform policy-making or to enlighten the public but instead to inculcate false perceptions among the public and thereby to muster support for a policy already chosen. -Paul Pillar - 12/1/17

Trump Administration Plays Media Like Fiddle on Iran/HBO Hacking Story

- It's rare to see evidence of an administration plot to manipulate the media unfolding in real time, but such is the case this week--and thus far, corporate media have taken the bait hook, line, and sinker. -Adam Johnson, FAIR - 11/25/17

Almost two years on, Iran fully committed to nuclear deal terms: IAEA Chief

- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again hailed Iran for remaining fully committed to the terms of its 2015 nuclear agreement with six world powers, amid global concerns over American threats against the landmark pact. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano was addressing a conference on nuclear energy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington on Monday November 6, 2017. - 11/7/17

Poll: Three Quarters of Americans Support the Iran Deal

- - If Donald Trump succeeds in pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), he won't just face opposition from Tehran or from America's European allies: he'll have to deal with opposition from the American people. That's one takeaway from a new poll, "American Attitudes on Middle East Policies," released by the Middle East Institute this week. -Derek Davison, LobeLog - 10/20/17

Trump's Speech on Iran: Warmed-Over Rejectionism

- Donald Trump's speech on Iran is the latest chapter in his struggle to reconcile his overriding impulse to destroy any significant achievements of his predecessor with the fact that the most salient of those achievements in foreign policy-the Iran nuclear agreement or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)-is working. The agreement is fulfilling its objective of keeping closed all paths to an Iranian nuclear weapon. As international inspectors have repeatedly determined, Iran is fulfilling its obligations under the agreement. -Paul Pillar - 10/14/17

The Gathering JCPOA Storm and the Way Forward

- The North Korean crisis has pushed the future of the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran and the 5+1 (US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China), commonly referred to as the Joint Compressive Plan of Action (JCPOA) into the background. Yet, this temporary situation will soon reverse itself as a powerful storm is gathering around the subject. The JCPOA, which was intended to reduce tension between the US and Iran, has been criticized repeatedly by President Donald Trump as a highly deficient agreement, and this change in the White House's attitude under a new president is the primary cause of this developing storm. -Hooshang Amirahmadi - 10/10/17

Nobel Laureate group urges Trump to stick to Iran nuclear deal

- A Nobel prize-winning nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group has called on US President Donald Trump to honor his commitment to Iran's nuclear deal. "We really call on the US government to continue to certify and stay in this deal," said the director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Beatrice Fihn, on Monday. ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. - 10/10/17

Europe warns Trump on ditching Iran nuclear deal

- High-ranking European officials have cautioned against President Donald Trump's vows to decertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear agreement this week. The strongest warning was made by the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel who on Monday said "the world will change" in Trump kills the international agreement. - 10/10/17

Run-Up to Another Potential US Middle East Disaster

- If media reporting is to be relied upon, President Trump will refuse to recertify by October 15 that Iran is complying with the JCPOA, as is attested to by the International Atomic Energy Agency, all the other non-Iranian signatories (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, and China), a host of Western national security experts and retired military leaders, and even several former heads of Israel's key security agencies. -Robert E. Hunter, LobeLog - 10/9/17

Trump Plans to Decertify Iran Deal

- But perhaps a bigger pressure on Trump to decertify comes from three of his biggest political donors: Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer, and Bernard Marcus. All three have funded groups that sought to thwart the negotiations leading to the JCPOA, including Dubowitz's FDD, and have given generously to Trump. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 10/6/17

Why Do Mainstream Reporters Take FDD's Mark Dubowitz's Iran Analysis Seriously?

- Something interesting and somewhat alarming happened at an event this week on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known -- sponsored by the Atlantic Council. A prominent mainstream media reporter cited Foundation for Defense of Democracies CEO Mark Dubowitz's criticism of the agreement to a panel that included ambassadors from France, the UK, Germany, and the EU, all of whom support the JCPOA and oppose any effort to undermine it. -Ben Armbruster, LobeLog - 10/1/17

Are Billionaire Donors Driving Trump's Iran Policy?

- A review of the statements and activities of some of Trump's key donors also helps explain why he is considering reneging on the (Iran nuclear) agreement. A small number of his biggest campaign and legal defense donors have made extreme comments about Iran and, in at least one case, advocated for the use of a nuclear weapon against the Islamic Republic. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 9/28/17

What Vietnam Must Teach Us about North Korea and Iran

- In international politics, serendipity sometimes plays an instrumental role. That happened this past week, with President Donald Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly, mutual name-calling between him and Kim Jong Un of North Korea, and harsh comments from Iran's Supreme Leader, plus an Iranian ballistic missile test. Thus, tensions have risen significantly in the two places where crisis could most readily morph into major war. -Robert E. Hunter - 9/26/17

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

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

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

"Women, The Architects Of Peace" congress held in Tehran

- An international congress with the theme of "women, the architects of peace" was held here on Sunday on the occasion of the World Peace Day, which is annually marked on September 21. The congress was held with the cooperation of the Institute for Protection of Women's Rights (IPWR), The UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy (UNESCO CHRPD) of Shahid Beheshti University, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. - 9/19/17

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

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

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

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

NIAC: 'Trump's Violations of the Iran Deal Begets Unfortunate But Predictable Iranian Response'

- "It should now be clear that Donald Trump's moves to violate and hold certification of the Iran nuclear deal in doubt are actively destabilizing the accord. Unfortunately, in response to Trump's increasingly hostile rhetoric, as well as Congress' moves to escalate sanctions, Iran is now warning that it has its own options to back out of the deal if the U.S. continues to undermine it. We reiterate our call for all parties to the JCPOA to fully implement their obligations under the agreement. - 8/16/17

Statement on a Comprehensive Policy to Constrain Iran

- On August 8, 2017, a bipartisan group of 47 national security leaders issued a statement recommending a comprehensive Iran policy designed to further U.S. national security interests: "The international agreement with Iran continues to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. No American national security objective would be served by withdrawing from it as long as Iran is meeting the agreement's requirements..." -The Iran Project - 8/10/17

Stoking War with Iran Courts Disaster

- If President Trump's recent pronouncements on Iran are to be believed, it's all but certain that he will not recertify the Iran nuclear deal the next time around. He is expected to accuse Iran of advancing its missile technology and supporting terrorism, which in his view would be a violation of the spirit of the Iran deal, formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump and his Iranophobe supporters are itching for a war with Iran, without any consideration of the disastrous consequences that will ensue. -Emile Nakhleh - 8/9/17

The Persistence of Falsehoods About the Iran Nuclear Agreement

- The biggest current threat to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that limits Iran's nuclear program, comes from Donald Trump's obsession with killing the accord. That obsession is driven by his impulse to undo whatever Barack Obama did and to fulfill campaign rhetoric based on such contrarianism. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 8/4/17

Don't Repeat the Iraq War False WMD Claims with Iran

- Where were you when the US invaded Iraq 15 years ago? I was an acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department, with an inside view on the decision-making process. My colleagues in the department's Intelligence and Research (INR) Bureau disputed supposed evidence about a reconstituted Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme that served as the justification for the invasion. I was not forceful in siding with them, ... -Mark Fitzpatrick, LobeLog - 8/2/17

The Mask Is Off: Trump Is Seeking War with Iran

- Something extraordinary has happened in Washington. President Donald Trump has made it clear, in no uncertain terms and with no effort to disguise his duplicity, that he will claim that Tehran is cheating on the nuclear deal by October--the facts be damned. In short, the fix is in. Trump will refuse to accept that Iran is in compliance and thereby set the stage for a military confrontation. -Trita Parsi, Lobelog - 7/29/17

Trump Seeks to Abuse Inspections in the Iran Deal to Fabricate Crisis

- "Reports that Trump is pushing for IAEA access to Iranian military sites without a compelling intelligence justification should be deeply concerning. Already, Trump has not only signaled his intent to withdraw from the nuclear accord, he's made clear that he wants to find Iran out of compliance even when the IAEA and U.S. intelligence services have confirmed that Iran is living up to the deal. Clearly, facts don't matter to the Trump administration - their desire to start a war trumps everything. Now, his team appears to be putting his desires into action." -NIAC - 7/28/17

Iran and the Collision between Trump and Reality

- Donald Trump's disdain for the truth does not prevent reality from repeatedly bumping up against his policies, the most consistent theme of which has been to try to destroy his predecessor's accomplishments. The degree to which reality inconveniences Trump-and more importantly, how much Trump's efforts to shove reality aside damage U.S. interests-varies from issue to issue. -Paul Pillar - 7/21/17

Retired Flag Officers Warn Against Regime Change and "Aggressive Posturing" Toward Iran

- An open letter to President Trump from 38 retired generals and admirals and warning against policies of "regime change" and "aggressive posturing" toward Iran has just been released amid growing concerns that Washington and Tehran could be sliding into a war. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 7/13/17

Yikes, Mattis Still Has It in for Iran!

- Secretary of Defense James Mattis remains as hostile as ever towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, as he recently made clear in remarks to The Islander, the newspaper of Mercer Island High School. The Pentagon chief, often referred to as one of the few "adults in the room" that presumably makes up the national-security contingent of the Trump administration, gave an extended interview to senior Teddy Fischer, which the Seattle-area school paper published in full on its website. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 7/12/17

U.S. Hands Off Iran

- I just travelled to Iran where was I was invited to speak at the University of Tehran about human rights and "humanitarian intervention." I put this term in quotes because I've rarely ever seen any intervention that was truly humanitarian or that produced humane results, but more on that later. Before I traveled to Iran, a number of friends and family members expressed shock that I would go there, feared for my safety and well-being, with some urging me not to go at all... -Dan Kovalik, Huffington Post - 7/12/17

It's Time for Washington and Riyadh to Defuse the War Hysteria

- The ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the devastating Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, the bellicose rhetoric towards Iran, the fracturing of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the regional involvement in the bloody Syrian civil war, are all increasing the probability of regional war. This conflict may pit Gulf Sunni states against each other, or Saudi Arabia and the United States against Iran. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog - 7/9/17

The Foolishness of Regime-Change Fantasies

- Stop me if you've heard this one before. There's an out-of-control regime run by a madman halfway around the world, and if the U.S. government doesn't topple it ASAP, a lot of people are going to die. The United States has tried its hand a lot at regime change. By one count, the US tried to overthrow 72 different governments during the Cold War alone-and that's before the most recent misadventures in Iraq and Libya. It's not exactly a track record of success: the United States failed most of the time to accomplish the fundamental goal of toppling the target. And a quick glance at Iraq is enough to remind you that even when America "succeeds," it often really fails. -Stephen Miles - 7/7/17

New Neocon Mantra: Iran, like Soviet Union, on Verge of Collapse

- Iran hawks suddenly have a new mantra: the Islamic Republic is the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, and the Trump administration should work to hasten the regime's impending collapse. It's not clear why this comparison has surfaced so abruptly. Its proponents don't cite any tangible or concrete evidence that the regime in Tehran is somehow on its last legs. But I'm guessing that months of internal policy debate on Iran has finally reached the top echelons in the policy-making chaos that is the White House these days. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 7/7/17

The Growing Danger of War With Iran

- A combination of circumstances has increased the risk that armed conflict will break out between the United States and Iran. Such a war is no certainty, but the chance that one will occur is greater today than it has been in years. Some of the relevant circumstances, such as the first two mentioned below, have been around in some form for a substantial amount of time, while others are more recent. -Paul Pillar - 6/29/17

Secretary Tillerson Eschews Iran Diplomacy in Favor of Regime Change

- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated he has no plans for negotiations with Iran and expressed favor for moving to support elements within Iran intent on regime change during testimony on the State Department budget in the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday. Tillerson's remarks are certain to ratchet up tensions with Iran, where elements remain deeply suspicious of U.S. intentions and have levied charges on ordinary citizens for alleged collaboration with hostile powers. -Darius Namazi, NIAC - 6/23/17

Iran: The Road to War?

- The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at...Iran. Donald Trump's first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at...Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about...Iran. The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is... well, do I really need to spell this out any further? -John Feffer, LobeLog - 6/23/17

A Call to End U.S. Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

- A coalition of activists and U.S. lawmakers alarmed about Saudi Arabia's punishing war in Yemen is trying to block the Trump administration's pending $510 million weapons sale to Riyadh. In a June 8 letter signed by 41 human rights groups, including Win Without War, Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Yemen Peace Project, activists have called upon legislators to reject the Trump's administration's proposed arms deal. -LobeLog - 6/14/17

U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Must Apologize for Suggesting ISIS Attacks on Iran "A Good Thing"

- "Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) must immediately disavow and apologize for his outrageous suggestion that the ISIS attacks on Iran should be viewed as 'a good thing.' After Trump's heartless message to Iran blaming the country for being attacked by ISIS, it was hard to believe that any lawmaker could find a way to go lower. Yet that is exactly what Rep. Rohrabacher did with his outrageous and deplorable line of questioning yesterday." - 6/10/17

As Iranians Vote For Peace, Trump Helps Saudi Arabia Pick Another Fight

- Iranians overwhelmingly chose to pursue peaceful, indigenous change through the ballot box... When juxtaposed with Saudi Arabia, the contrast is stark. -Reza Marashi and Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 6/9/17

Response to Passing of Deeply Flawed Iran Sanctions Bill (S.722)

- "With a vote for this flawed sanctions bill the Senate Foreign Relations Committee decided to give Donald Trump new tools to kill the Iran deal and stumble into war with Iran. After Iranians overwhelmingly voted for openness and engagement, Senators have effectively endorsed Trump's calls for a provocative and dangerous approach to the Middle East. NIAC Action condemns this vote and urges the full Senate to abstain from moving the bill forward." -NIAC Action - 5/26/17

John Kerry, security experts team up to defend Iran deal from Trump

- Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry along with other top security experts have come to defend the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the JCPOA, from the country's hardline President Donald Trump. Through a newly formed organization called Diplomacy Works, Kerry and several national security experts who served under former U.S. President Barack Obama are fighting to protect the nuclear agreement, The Independent reported. - 5/18/17



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