Iran Focus

London, 31 Jan - On July 14, 2015, world powers and Iran reached an agreement over the latter’s illicit nuclear program, which had been the subject of global tensions for more than a decade. The international community had concerns over Iran’s possible goal to obtain nuclear weapons, an allegation that the Iranian regime denied. 

However, a brief look at the history of Iran’s nuclear program gives reason to believe that we haven’t seen the last of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and there’s reason to believe the signing of the nuclear deal was not the final chapter of the decade-old standoff between Tehran and the international community.

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London, 27 Jan - Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has said that a high priority for discussion with US President Trump is tackling aggression from Iran. He is due to meet with President Trump next month.

The reason for this is because the Iran nuclear deal has increased its plans to control the region. Although the deal was to suspend its nuclear weapons program for several years, it is actually just giving Iran time to develop and expand its centrifuge capability.

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London, 27 Dec - Iran’s nuclear program has generated international concern about their ability to develop nuclear weapons, as noted by The Los Angeles Times. Iran says its goal is to produce fuel to power reactors, yet even with the agreement with the United States many have doubts, including Donald Trump.

Whether Iran develops and fields nuclear weapons is of significant interest to several nations in the region, include Iran itself, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Other nations, outside the region want to ensure that Iran isn’t developing nuclear weapons, including the United States, France, and the UK.

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London, 23 Dec - According to an article in the Economic Times on December 23, Iran says the United States has already violated the nuclear deal and has now threatened to build atomic-powered ships in retaliation.

Earlier this month, US lawmakers renewed a law called the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), extending its provisions for another decade. The ISA was first introduced in 1996, and aimed to stop foreign investment in Iran's oil and gas sector, in an effort to cut off funds that could be used for its nuclear program, or to fund terrorist groups.

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London, 16 Dec - President Obama has used a rare constitution manoeuvre to allow a sanction bill for Iran to be legalised without his signature. It is the first time in over 21 years that this has happened. The Iran Sanctions Extension Act is now legal and is the latest in the Iran nuclear deal saga in which the United States and other world powers decided to reduce sanctions in exchange for commitments from Iran about its quest to produce a nuclear weapon.

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London, 21 Jan - In September 2015, Donald Trump said that the Iran nuclear deal was a “bad” deal. He said that if he was elected president he would renegotiate with Iran to make it better. But it must be recognised that the Iranian regime’s plans are not just with regards to nuclear weapons. It is developing ballistic missiles and technology transfers and the nuclear deal does not include these.

The Iran nuclear deal was laid out by John Kerry Secretary of State and was validated by the UN Security Council. It is thus improbable that Britain, France, Russia and China will agree to changing the deal. These countries have already started to do business with Iran worth billions of dollars. Boeing in the US has also started doing business with Iran meaning that if the deal was scrapped or amended, sanctions would be applicable again meaning the US and allies would be economically damaged.

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London, 15 Dec - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has claimed that he will order his country to develop nuclear-powered warships but a report on Popular Mechanics claims that this is unlikely.

Rouhani’s order is likely to be a brash response to the renewal of economic sanctions by the US Congress and not something that the Iranian military can carry it out.

The Iran Sanction Act, which was passed by the US Senate last week, will extend the sanctions against Iran until 2026. It is a punishment for their consistent violations of the 2015 nuclear deal and their associations with terrorist groups like Hezbollah.

Rouhani states that the 2015 nuclear deal does not actually block the construction of nuclear-powered warships, but whether they could achieve it, is up for debate.

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London, 19 Jan - In her January 18 article for Reuters, Michelle Nichols reported that outgoing U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said on Wednesday that Iran needs a push by the United Nations Security Council, to abide by an arms embargo, amid U.N. concerns that Tehran has supplied weapons and missiles to Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

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London, 14 Dec - The US and the rest of the world were shocked in the early hours of November 8, to find that Donald Trump had been elected President of the United States.  Mr. Trump’s controversial platform was dismissed by many, but in the days to come, we will see how his words will affect the world. 

During his campaign,Trump was very critical of the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement between Iran, the US, and six member states of the EU.  This nuclear pact, which Barack Obama signed in 2015, lifted sanctions on Iran’s oil and industry finance in return for the country limiting its nuclear program.

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London, 18 Jan - On the anniversary of the implementation of the nuclear deal, the state-run Iranian newspapers slammed President Rouhani and his government for agreeing to such a ‘damaging’ deal.

The paper even claimed that no sanctions had been lifted, but in fact, more had been imposed.

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London, 8 Dec - MSNBC host Joe Scarborough heavily criticised the weakness of the Iranian nuclear deal on his show Morning Joe, this past Wednesday.

Scarborough had read a story from the New York Times regarding Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivering a speech on the 2015 nuclear deal, signed by Iran and five world powers including the US and the UK, in front of a crowd chanting “death to America”.

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London, 12 Jan - President Obama claimed that the Iran nuclear deal (his biggest foreign-policy achievement) would moderate the Iranian regime. Well, it didn’t. And now that the U.S. is in the transition period between two presidents, Iran is becoming more and more aggressive.

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London, 8 Dec - Iran is finally being put under the pressure it deserves, says one human rights activist in an op-ed on The Hill.

Heshmat Alavi wrote: “Maybe the single subject Democrats and Republicans can truly agree on in Washington, today and maybe for a long time to come, will be upgrading sanctions on Iran.”

The extension of the Iran Sanctions Act for at least another ten years, which passed through Congress last week with bipartisan support and is expected to be signed by President Obama before the end of December, is “terrifying” the Iranian Regime according to Alavi.

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London, 6 Jan - During the U.S. election campaign, Donald Trump said that the nuclear agreement with Iran was “the worst deal” the United States government had ever negotiated. Looking at the facts, it is hard not to agree with this. The U.S. basically handed to Iran between $100 billion and $150 billion by unfreezing oil revenues. It also dismantled a large framework of international sanctions that had resulted in the country’s exports being cut in half, banned it from the international financial system and also started to pose a threat to the Iranian regime with the likeliness of domestic unrest.

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London, 6 Dec - The Iranian Parliament have threatened to resume their nuclear activities after the US Congress voted to renew sanctions against the Regime.

Akbar Ranjbar Zadeh, a member of the Regime’s Parliament, called the renewal of US sanctions against the regime a “breach of JCPOA and violation of international law”.

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London, 28 Dec - Powerline News published a story on December 27 by Paul Mirengoff, about documents posted last week by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and quotes the story byJenna Lifhits of the Weekly Standard, that allegedly reveals that President Obama granted Iran permission to stockpile uranium in excess of the 300 kilogram limit set by the nuclear deal.

According to the story, the exemptions have been kept secret for nearly a year, but the Trump administration intends to make them public, which is possibly why the IAEA decided to reveal them.

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London, 3 Dec - Ahead of Thursday’s Senate vote on sanctions against Iran, a high-ranking Democratic Senator gave a speech criticising the nuclear deal and imploring the extension of sanctions against Iran.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., a veteran member of Congress and former chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, has in the past criticised Obama’s handling of Cuba, Syria and the Russians, and believes that he has been punished for expressing these views.


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