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For economic sanctions to work, Trump must turn up the heat on Iran

US President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal. (AFP) By Saeed Ghasseminejad November 17, 2018 The Trump administration’s strategy of maximum pressure on Iran took full effect on Nov. 5. It included the re-imposition of oil sanctions and designation of more [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|North America, USA|

The net is closing around Hezbollah

Hezbollah supporters carry their party flags in Beirut, Lebanon. (EPA) November 17, 2018 Layer by layer, Hezbollah’s thin veneer of political legitimacy is being torn away, exposing a corrupt organisation as steeped in the worst excesses of the global drugs trade as it is embroiled in the export of Iranian-inspired terror. In a [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Latin America, Middle East, North America, USA|

US to accuse Iran of violating chemical weapons treaty

The headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, April 18, 2018. (AFP) November 17, 2018 The Trump administration is poised to accuse Iran of violating an international treaty that bans chemical weapons, two U.S. officials said Friday. The officials said the administration plans to announce next [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|North America, USA|

JCPOA: The devil is in the detail

Foreign Affairs officials from the EU, Iran, France and the US were among those who negotiated the 2015 deal that became known as the JCPOA. (AP) By Track Persia November 17, 2018 One of the reasons behind the re-imposition of the US sanctions on Iran is the country’s suspected ambition of building a [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|North America, USA|

Iran was closer to a nuclear bomb than intelligence agencies thought

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L), shows him walking alongside Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation chief Ali Akbar Salehi at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the Gulf port city of Bushehr on January 13, 2015. (IRIB) November 17, 2018 A secret Iranian archive seized by Israeli agents earlier this year indicates that Tehran’s nuclear [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Isreal, North America, USA|

Son of Iranian-American detainee asks Tehran ‘to show mercy’

Iranian-American consultant Siamak Namazi (R) is pictured with his father Baquer Namazi. (Reuters) November 16, 2018 The health of an Iranian-American dual national held in Tehran is rapidly deteriorating, his family and attorney warned Thursday as they appealed to Iranian authorities to allow him to leave for medical treatment. "I'm here today to [...]

By |November 16th, 2018|North America, USA|

Iran must be punished for failing to comply with financial standards

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meeting with the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. (IRNA) By Majid Rafizadeh November 16, 2018 After the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, was struck between the P5+1 world powers and the Islamic Republic in 2015, [...]

By |November 16th, 2018|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

US Treasury identifies channels Iran has used to circumvent sanctions

The US Treasury Department. (AFP) By Shahir Shahidsaless November 16, 2018 On November 5th, Ahmad Amirabadi, a member of the Iranian parliamentary board of directors, posted an exasperated tweet: “Almost all the individuals and entities that were active in bypassing the previous [US] sanctions [during the Obama administration] are included [in the new list of Specially [...]

By |November 16th, 2018|North America, USA|

U.S. envoy Hook ramps up pressure on Iran, warns European companies

Brian Hook, special representative for Iran, leaves the podium after speaking about the creation of the Iran Action Group at the State Department, in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP) November 15, 2018 The United States increased pressure on Iran Thursday by renewing warnings to European businesses intending to interact with the country [...]

By |November 15th, 2018|Europe, North America, USA|

Pompeo accuses Newsweek of ‘helping’ Iran ‘spread lies’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Reuters) November 15, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at Newsweek on Monday over a magazine article that he said suggested that the U.S. was preparing to sanction food being imported into Iran. In a tweet, Pompeo accused the magazine of "helping" Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif [...]

By |November 15th, 2018|North America, USA|