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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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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.”

New York, 24 Mar - A consultant to Iran's mission to the United Nations has been criminally charged with violating a United States law against dealing with that country, according to an indictment made public on Wednesday.

Ahmad Sheikhzadeh, 60, faces seven charges including conspiracy to evade US sanctions against Iran, money laundering, and helping arrange false tax returns, the 18 May indictment said.

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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?”

Washington, 23 Mar - A key United States Senate Democrat drew a stark contrast with the Obama administration over its diplomatic engagement with Iran on Tuesday, in a sign of lingering tensions in some corners of the party.

In remarks at the annual AIPAC policy conference, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) forcefully denounced the international nuclear accord reached with Iran last year, which President Obama has described as a pillar of his legacy, The Hill reported.

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Tehran, 13 Sep - Iran has discovered an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium and will soon begin extracting the radioactive element at a new mine, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday.

 Any indication Iran could become more self-sufficient in its nuclear programme will be closely watched by world powers, which reached a landmark deal with Tehran on 14 July over its programme. They had feared the nuclear activities were aimed at acquiring the capability to produce atomic weapons.

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. 

London, 12 Sep - United Nations inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said, undercutting an objection by US Republicans to the Iran nuclear deal.

The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential arrangement between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog for inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place, Reuters reported.

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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.

Vienna, 9 Sep - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Wednesday that information provided by Iran regarding its nuclear programme contained "ambiguities" and that it was seeking clarification from Tehran, AFP reported.

"The IAEA submitted on 8 September questions to Iran on ambiguities regarding the information Iran provided to the IAEA on 15 August 2015", the United Nations nuclear watchdog said.

Washington, 9 Sep - United States Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday not to shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.

In a speech to a Washington think tank, the former US Secretary of State reiterated her support for the accord but cautioned that she would take an approach of "distrust and verify" toward Iran if she won the November 2016 presidential election.

London, 8 Sep - It will take a lot of work to determine by the end of the year whether Iran was previously developing nuclear weapons, the head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said on Monday, according to Reuters.

Alongside the July 14 political agreement with six world powers world powers, Iran reached a roadmap accord with the International Atomic Energy Agency which requires Tehran to pass on enough information about its past nuclear program to allow the U.N. body to report on the issue by December.

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