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Iran Focus

London, 18 July - A top Iranian official threatened on Tuesday that Iran is ready to increase its uranium enrichment to higher levels if their ongoing talks with Europe are unable to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman and vice-president of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, said: “We have of course adopted some measures in order to prepare the ground for eventually increasing the level of enrichment if it is needed and if the negotiations with the Europeans fail. We are of course continuing to carry out and implement our obligations based on the [2015 nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Place of Action (JCPOA)], but at the same time, taking every scenario into consideration, we are preparing ourselves.”

The German intelligence agency

Iran Focus

London, 16 July - The German intelligence agency for the Hesse state has published a new report about countering the spread of weapons of mass destruction and has singled Iran out as one of two states that are currently seeking to obtain them.

The report reads: “Weapons of mass destruction are a continued instrument of power politics that also, in regional and international crises situations, can shatter the entire stability of state structures. States like Iran and North Korea attempt, in the context of proliferation, to acquire and spread such weapons by, for example, disguising the transportation ways through third countries.”

Iran’s Harassment of US Navy Halted Under existing administration

Iran Focus

London, 7 July - U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf were consistently harassed until the Trump administration took over, a Navy spokesman said.

Over a 20-month period starting in January 2016, the Iranians averaged 2.5 “unsafe and/or unprofessional interactions” monthly, according to 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Chloe Morgan.

At around that same time, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) detained a pair U.S. Navy riverine command boats belonging to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf.

Pompeo Urges Europe to Get Tough Regarding Iran’s Malign Behavior

Iran Focus

London, 14 July - Following a summit of NATO leaders 0n Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pom-peo met with leaders of European nations, and pressed them to get tough on Iran by cutting off all funding the country may use to foment instability in the Middle East and beyond. He urged them to to join a U.S.-led economic pressure campaign against Tehran, and clamp down on Iranian "terrorism and proxy wars".

Prior to the talks, Pompeo posted on Twitter: “We ask our allies and partners to join our economic pressure campaign against Iran, we must cut off all funding Iran uses to fund terrorism and proxy wars. There's no telling when Iran may try to foment ter-rorism, violence & instability in one of our countries next." Along with the tweet was a map that outlined Iran’s sponsoring of at least 11 terrorist attacks in Europe since 1978.

Mike Pompeo

Iran Focus

London, 6 July - According to a statement from the State Department, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo will “travel to Abu Dhabi from July 9-10, where he will meet with UAE leaders to discuss ways to further strengthen the US-UAE partnership and advance our common security and economic priorities.”

Expected discussion will include the US pressure campaign on Iran, its role in Yemen, and Persian Gulf security. UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met Pompeo in Washington last month, but this is the secretary’s first trip to Abu Dhabi as Secretary of State.

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