Iran Focus

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, 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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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, 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, 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, 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.

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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.

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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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