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The Real Threat to America: Iran May Close the Strait of Hormuz

The risk of miscalculation is now significantly higher.President of Iran Hassan Rouhani threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to …

Just tough Trump tweeting? US ratchets up Iran pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's explosive Twitter threat to Iran's leader comes as his administration is ratcheting up a pressure campaign on the Islamic republic that many suspect is aimed at regime change.<p>No one is predicting imminent war. But Trump's bellicose, all-caps challenge …

Donald Trump

Europe’s Goodwill, Russia’s Game – OpEd

By Seyyed Ali Khorram*<p>The recent summit meeting of the 28 member states of the European Union in Bulgaria reached remarkable results, which were …

United States

Is US Bellicosity Backfiring?

U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated.<p>Repeated references by …

Middle East

EU's Mogherini sweeps aside Pompeo's tough speech on Iran

EU's Mogherini sweeps aside Pompeo's tough speech on Iran<p>Source: Xinhua 2018-05-22 03:49:56<p>BRUSSELS, May 21 (Xinhua) -- European Union(EU) top …

Europe and Iran Both Reject Pompeo’s Speech on Nuclear Deal

Yesterday new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation setting forth the Trump Administration’s …

South Asia

An Iran-U.S. Summit?

Yes, everything has been written and said about how awkward, counterproductive, and dangerous U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of …

South Asia

Hardliners push Trump towards a regime change plan for Iran | Financial Times

By pulling out of the nuclear accord Iran signed in 2015 with the US and five other world powers, Donald Trump unshackled Tehran from a commitment it …

Iran tells Europe to step up and save nuclear deal

BEIRUT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran poured scorn on threatened U.S. sanctions on Tuesday and told European powers to step up and salvage its international nuclear deal - though Germany signalled there was only so much it could do to fend off Washington's economic clout.<p>Senior Iranian military and …

Disagreements begin to emerge between Moscow, Tehran regarding Syria

According to a report, sources close to the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow identified previous Israeli raids on Iranian positions in …

The new US strategy on Iran is designed to be rejected – here's why

The Trump administration announced its policy towards Iran on Monday after reneging on the country’s nuclear deal with the international community. …

South Asia

Iran's Rouhani: 'world no longer accepts US deciding for them'

TEHRAN (AFP) -<p>Iran's President Hassan Rouhani dismissed threats made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, saying the rest of the world no longer accepts Washington making decisions on their behalf.<p>"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?" Rouhani said in a statement carried by …

Iran sanctions: Zarif condemns Pompeo announcement

<b>Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the US for vowing to impose what it said would be the "strongest sanctions in history" on his country.</b><p>Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its "failed policies" and it would suffer the …

Pompeo Raises the Price for Iran to Rejoin International Community

If you ever wanted to know what the opposite of Barack Obama's Iran strategy would look like, I recommend Mike Pompeo's speech Monday at the Heritage Foundation.<p>In his first major address as secretary of state, Pompeo outlined a new strategy that overturns three key assumptions that underpinned the …

The Art Of No Deal: Opening A Pandora’s Box – Analysis

On May 8th, President Trump pulled the plug on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and claimed that Iran failed to comply with the …

South Asia

The EU’s support for the Iran deal is ‘not sufficient,’ Tehran says

The European Union's efforts to protect Iran's benefits from the 2015 nuclear deal after the U.S. pull-out are not enough, Iranian Foreign Minister …

Don't Count on Regime Change to Stop Iran's Nuclear Program

It’s certainly possible the Islamic Republic could fall sometime soon. But the nuclear deal prevents weapons development now.<p>Editor's Note: This article is part of a debate about whether to stay in the Iran deal. Read the other entries here.<p>It now looks like President Trump intends to withdraw from …

Panicked over the Iran deal’s end? Remember Reykjavik

Remember Reykjavik. That’s my advice to those panicking over President Trump’s decision to walk away from President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with …

Reykjavik

The End of the Iran Deal Could Destabilize Iraq

The real question now facing Iraq is how Iran will choose to respond to Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA.<p>Read Full Article »

Middle East

Donald Trump's sanctions on Iran could hurt India-Afghanistan trade, threaten vital Chabahar project

<b>Washington/Kabul:</b> US president Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a …

Foreign Aid

Trump lost Iran (and possibly Europe, too)

<b>By Hossein Jelveh</b><p><b>When President Donald Trump of the United States announced at the Diplomatic Room of the White House on May 8 that he was</b> …

South Asia

Back to the future? Bolton, Trump and Iranian regime change

Now that the Trump administration has derailed the Iran nuclear deal, the old issue of regime change in Iran is back again. National Security Advisor …

Middle East

Trump’s Pyrrhic Victory

I am in Iran speaking at a conference on the future of the Middle East. The timing for the meeting is particularly appropriate due to the recent …

Hassan Rouhani

Doomed? Why Iran's Economic Mess Will Get Worse

Iran’s economy is already a mess, but it will likely get a lot worse.<p>The matter at hand is the decision earlier this month by the Trump administration not to certify the so-called nuclear deal, and that means Iran will soon be subject to harsh U.S. sanctions. Overall the result will be a squeezed …

Germany ready to help its firms keep doing business in Iran

© Reuters. German Economic Minister Peter Altmaier leaves after delivering a statement regarding the Trump Administration's steel and aluminium …

John Bolton threatens sanctions for European companies operating in Iran

John Bolton, Donald Trump’s hawkish National Security Adviser, on Sunday warned European companies they would face sanctions if they continued working in Iran, raising the prospect of a transatlantic rift over how to handle Tehran.<p>However, at the same time, Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, said …

Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Pullout Reflect Epic Bipartisan Failures

<i>Editor’s note: Scott Ritter was a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998.</i><p>President Trump made it official Tuesday, announcing …

South Asia

The Europeans can still save the Iran deal. Here's how.

Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he is pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal created geopolitical shockwaves, and left the future of the landmark agreement hanging by a thread.<p>The other signatories to the deal — Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — have said …

Iran cleric threatens destruction of Israeli cities

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent Iranian cleric on Friday threatened two Israeli cities with destruction if the Jewish state "acts foolishly" and retaliates against it again, while thousands of protesters demonstrated against President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal with …

Business

How Iran Could Beat Trump at His Own Game

Iranians have good reason to be angry about Donald Trump’s decision to violate the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran …

South Asia