The Trump administration doesn’t buy that. First, it doesn’t think Tehran will race to a bomb because the country is interested in eventually basing its nuclear program on more sophisticated centrifuges than it currently has—and which, in time, it would be allowed to develop under the JCPOA’s sunset provisions. Don’t take their word for it, Trump officials say: ask Ali Akbar Salehi, the overseer of Iran’s nuclear program. “According to the JCPOA, we have kept our nuclear program in accordance with our needs and requirements for [carrying out] research and development,” he said in an interview in Farsi after the deal was cut in 2015. … [Read more...] about The Art of No Deal: How Trump’s Iran Nuclear Decision Could Force US into Mideast Diplomacy
Iran reinstates sanctions
Taking sides In recent years, belligerents in the Middle East's various conflicts have generally fallen into two separate camps. On the one hand is a pro-Iranian camp that is comprised of the Syrian government, the Iraqi government, Hezbollah and a range of non-state actors; on the other is an anti-Iranian camp, comprised primarily of Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE. Both camps are seizing opportunities to recalibrate the regional order, and as they try to set and push boundaries in their favour, they raise the chances of error, miscalculation and catastrophe. … [Read more...] about What happens now that Trump has backed out of the Iran nuclear deal
The escalation proved to be the largest flare-up between Israel and Syria since the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Both sides blamed one another for the violence, but the U.S. quickly took Israel's side, claiming the strikes were in self-defense. Iran, however, saw it differently, with Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi arguing Friday that "the Zionist regime's repeated attacks on Syrian soil under self-proclaimed, baseless pretexts amount to a blatant violation of Syria's sovereignty and goes against all international conventions," according to Iran's Press TV. … [Read more...] about Iran Prepares to Restart Nuclear Program, Blasts Israel and U.S. over Attacks in Syria
It was the first such contract since Washington withdrew from a nuclear agreement on May 8 and said it would reinstate sanctions on Tehran. National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC) signed a so-called heads of agreement (HOA) worth $1 billion with London-based Pergas, the oil ministry’s news agency SHANA said. … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump Prepared To Wreck The Historic Alliance With Europe Over Iran?
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini hold a joint news conference at the EC headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 1, 2018. They vowed to work toward fully implementing the Iran nuclear deal. REUTERS/Stringer … [Read more...] about China and the European Union Pledge to Uphold Implementation Of Iran Nuclear Deal