The crisis stems from Mr. Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear accord and his policy of exerting "maximum pressure" on Iran with economic sanctions to try to force it to change its policies in the region. The policy thus far has only driven tensions higher. … [Read more...] about Iran reportedly breaches nuclear deal for 1st time since 2015
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) first reported in 2003 that Iran was conducting an undeclared nuclear program. Though the country’s leaders insisted the project was not intended for developing nuclear weapons, the United Nations, U.S. and European Union all introduced sanctions from 2006 onwards to try and force Tehran to abandon its uranium enrichment efforts. The sanctions are estimated to have cost Iran’s economy as much as $500 billion by the time the JCPOA was agreed in 2015. … [Read more...] about What Is the Iran Nuclear Deal and What Will Happen if the U.S. Withdraws From it?
Iran’s former ambassador to Germany, Hamid Mousavian, made an argument on Ohio-based talk show Going Global with David Delgado Monday evening that regime change is truly the only option for the Islamic Republic, because the nation will not change its behavior and “behave like a normal country” to have sanctions removed, as United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump administration has suggested. This Breitbart News reporter called into the show on Monday and asked Mousavian, “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that it is possible for the United States to lift the sanctions that will be reimposed on Iran, but that it will take ‘enormous change’ and that Iran must ‘behave like a normal country.’ Do you interpret this as meaning regime change for Iran?” … [Read more...] about Iran’s Former Ambassador Admits Regime Change Is Only Option for Iran
The Times of Israel reports: NEW YORK — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s revelation at the UN on Thursday of a previously unknown Iranian nuclear site has caused “growing pressure inside Iran,” a senior Israeli official said over the weekend. “They’re wondering how to deal with this facility, how to evacuate it, how to cover it up,” the official said. “There is no doubt it is a very important site for them; they’re seeking to conceal it and stall in any way possible.” According to the official, the 15 kilograms of radioactive material that Netanyahu said was removed from the facility and dispersed around Tehran was taken away at the beginning of August. … [Read more...] about Israeli Official: Iran Scrambling to Cover Up Revealed Nuclear Site
"We call on Iran to reverse its recent nuclear steps and cease any plans for further advancements in the future. The United States has made clear that we are open to negotiation without preconditions, and that we are offering Iran the possibility of a full normalization of relations." … [Read more...] about Trump Threatens to ‘Substantially’ Increase Sanctions on Iran