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Iran Focus

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 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, 25 October - This weekend a speech by Hillary Clinton was made public on WikiLeaks. On October 28, 2013, she voiced her skepticism over Iran and attempts to portray their current president Hassan Rouhani as ‘moderate’.

Speaking to members of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, just after Obama’s historic phone call to Rouhani, she said: “I believe that Rouhani was allowed to be elected by the two major power sources in Iran, the supreme leader and the clerics and the Revolutionary Guard … in part because the sanctions were having a quite damaging effect on the economy.”

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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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London, 7 October -  According to Frances Martel’s October 4 article in Breitbart News, during Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate, Tim Kaine, the  Democratic candidate, talked about the nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).

“I conclude that the JCPoA is a dramatic improvement over the status quo in improving global security,” he said, and he asked, “Did you know Iran was racing toward a nuclear weapon and Russia was expanding its stockpile?”

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London, 1 Dec - The election of Donald Trump provides the opportunity to restore US credibility in the Middle East, according to a human rights advocate who leads an international organisation fighting for justice for the oppressed.

Alejo Vidal-Quadras , the president of the International Committee in Search of Justice, wrote that by vehemently opposing the nuclear deal, Trump has cast himself as an enemy of the Iranian Regime.

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London, 28 Nov - The Iranian Regime is playing a “good cop, bad cop” strategy when it comes to Donald Trump’s administration, according to a top political scientist.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, president of the International American Council and a Harvard University scholar, wrote an op-ed on Al-Arabiya in which he states that Iran is playing good cop, bad cop with the incoming Trump administration in order to achieve its geopolitical, strategic and economic objectives.

London, 15 Sep - On September 12, Matan Shamir writes in article for United Against Nuclear Iran, that according to the most recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran is continuing to use evasive tactics regarding the probe into Iran’s alleged nuclear weaponization activities.

Iran agreed to complete five practical measures, then failed implement them by the Au-gust 25 deadline. Only one of the measures was implemented by the deadline, two others after the deadline, and the remaining two have yet to be put into practice. 

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London, 24 Nov - An expert in global conflict and peace has written an op-ed for The Hill, which highlighted the need for a new policy with regards to Iran.

Davina Miller, a former Head of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (UK), wrote that she hoped Trump would stick to his promise to renegotiate the Iranian nuclear deal.

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London, 10 Aug - Tom Ridge wrote an op-ed on the subject for The Philadelphia Inquirer just one week after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei accused the USA of reneging on pledges made in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Khamenei distanced himself from the deal that he’d previously been in full support of, citing "the futility of negotiations with the Americans”, just weeks after the one-year anniversary.

Ridge wrote that this power play by the Iranian Regime served as a reminder to him, that the gains promised by the nuclear deal will never come to pass for anyone outside of the Regime and he had evidence to back it up.

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London, 23 Nov - A human rights activist has written an op-ed for The Hill, in which he states that Donald Trump could correct the mistakes made by Presidents Obama and Bush.

Heshmat Alavi cites that Bush’s Iraq War shifted the attention from Tehran to Baghdad and that Obama’s nuclear deal allowed the Regime to persecute their own people without fear of international reprisals.

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London, 15 Nov - A former US ambassador to the United Nations has written an op-ed for the New York Post in which he describes chaos in the middle east as the most immediate foreign policy issue for Donald Trump when he takes office in January.

John Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote that the middle east is in the midst of a crisis; with a rise of radical Islam spreading across the region, destabilising governments and creating anarchy which terrorists take advantage of.

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London, 11 November - On Tuesday Iran exceeded its ‘soft limit’ on sensitive material which was set out in the 2015 nuclear agreement, according to the U.N. atomic watchdog
This is the second time that the country has surpassed the 130-metric tonne limit for heavy water since January.

The past violation attracted barely any criticism for the countries who signed the deal but it is suspected that newly-elected Trump will not stay silent.

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London, 11 November - Donald Trump could certainly overturn the Iranian nuclear deal according to an expert in Middle Eastern affairs.

During his presidential campaign Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to “tear up” the Iranian Nuclear Deal, but after the election, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that there was “no possibility” of an end to the deal. Even the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, urged Trump to accept the agreement.

Washington, 2 Apr - United States President Barack Obama on Friday criticized Iranian leaders for undermining the “spirit” of last year’s historic nuclear agreement, even as they stick to the “letter” of the pact.

In comments following the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Obama denied speculation that the US would ease rules preventing dollars from being used in financial transactions with Iran, in order to boost the country’s engagement with the rest of the world.

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