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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #160 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 2:37pm
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Trump to disappoint Iran hawks with more nuclear waivers

After building up its maximum pressure campaign on Iran, the Trump administration is poised deliver a disappointment to hawks who want tougher action against Tehran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to reissue waivers this week allowing continued international work on nuclear projects inside Iran, according to two sources familiar with the deliberations. Some lawmakers have been pressing the administration to eliminate the waivers since Iran announced earlier this month that it had breached the limits on uranium enrichment set by the nuclear deal...

The likely move when the next deadline hits on Thursday follows a heated debate among senior administration officials and lawmakers supportive of much of the administration’s foreign policy, with National Security Adviser John Bolton and his allies on the Hill arguing to end the waivers and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin the chief proponent of extending them for another round...

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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #161 - Aug 2nd, 2019 at 3:48pm
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Trump slaps new sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister

President Trump announced new sanctions Wednesday against Iran’s foreign minister, sending another harsh but mostly symbolic message to Tehran...

At the time, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin indicated that Trump had also directed him to sanction Mohammad Javad Zarif, the U.S.-educated foreign minister. But that action, which would seem to close the door to diplomatic talks with Iran, wasn’t immediately carried out...

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Reply #162 - Aug 12th, 2019 at 12:23pm
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Why Trump’s 'maximum pressure' foreign policy yields minimum results

...The “maximum pressure” strategy against Iran was intended to change the Tehran government’s behaviour in the region, ending uranium enrichment, making it pull back from involvement, directly or through proxies, in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and persuade it open new negotiations with the US, outside the multilateral 2015 deal, that Trump abandoned.

By those measures, so far the strategy is backfiring. Iran is stepping up its nuclear programme beyond the limits of the 2015 deal. It has become more aggressive in the Persian Gulf, harassing shipping, and it has rejected several overtures from intermediaries offering talks with Trump.

However, the Trump administration argues it is making gains by cutting down Tehran’s disposable cash...

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Reply #163 - Aug 16th, 2019 at 11:03am
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Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

MADRID (AP) — The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel...

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said the U.S. could still begin a new legal procedure for seizing the Grace 1, but that provisions under the European Union’s sanctions regulations were ending Thursday after the Iranian government assured him in writing that the ship will not send its 2.1 million barrels of crude to a sanctioned entity in Syria...

It was not clear whether the Grace 1 would sail away immediately; nor was it known what the Trump’s administration strategy was. The U.S. Justice Department did not respond to requests for comment...

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Reply #164 - Aug 16th, 2019 at 4:32pm
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Shared Afghanistan interests create opening for U.S.-Iran back channel - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts.

The intermediaries, the sources say, secretly have been relaying messages between Washington and Tehran for months in hopes of getting the sides talking at a time of heightened hostility on a range of issues.

“Afghanistan is one area where there is common ground,” one source with knowledge of the correspondence told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity...

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Reply #165 - Aug 21st, 2019 at 11:48am
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Iran-backed forces blame US for attacks on bases in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran said Wednesday they hold the United States ultimately responsible for a series of attacks targeting their bases in the country, pledging to defend themselves against any future attack.

The rare statement issued by the state-sanctioned militias known collectively as the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, said the group has accurate information that shows the U.S. brought in four Israeli drones this year to work as part of the U.S. fleet in Iraq and target militia positions in Iraq...

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Reply #166 - Aug 22nd, 2019 at 2:50pm
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Iran’s president says ‘talks are useless’ in dealing with US

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president struck a muscular tone on dealings with the U.S., saying Thursday that “talks are useless” as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers crumbles further.

President Hassan Rouhani made the comment in a speech in Tehran during the unveiling of the Bavar-373, a long-range surface-to-air missile system that he described as an improvement to the Russian S-300...

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Iran says top waterways won't be as safe if its oil exports cut to zero

GENEVA (Reuters) - If Iran’s oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before, its president said on Wednesday, cautioning Washington against raising pressure on Tehran in an angry confrontation between the longtime foes...

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MAXIMUM PRESSURE IS FAILING: FACT-CHECKING POMPEO ON IRAN

Last week, Iran threatened to take additional steps to advance its nuclear program, seized an Iraqi tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, and warned the United States and its allies against forming a naval coalition to protect tankers transiting through the Strait.

Despite these dangerous developments, in a recent USA Today op-ed, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a vigorous defense of the Trump administration’s Iran policy. Pushing back against critics, Pompeo argued that the maximum pressure campaign is succeeding at weakening the Iranian regime and turning back the tide of Iranian “malign activity.” Pompeo reaffirmed the administration’s stated goal of seeking a comprehensive deal with Tehran, concluding, “We look forward to the day we can help bring the Iranian people and their neighbors the peace and prosperity they deserve.”

It is unsurprising, of course, that the secretary of state is defending the policy of the administration he serves. What is unusual and disturbing, though, is the highly selective evidence he employs in order to portray the maximum pressure campaign as a success. A more complete assessment of Iranian behavior shows that its “malign activity” is in fact increasing in many areas — and that much of this is a direct consequence of the Trump administration policy Pompeo seeks to defend.

Even more concerning, many of Pompeo’s own public statements over the last few months contradict the rosy assessment in his op-ed. It is clear, in short, that Pompeo is manipulating and cherry-picking evidence in order to provide political cover for the Trump administration’s strategy, which has already brought the nation to the brink of war...

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Reply #167 - Aug 26th, 2019 at 10:47am
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Apparently, it was Israel that the bases in Iraq (see post #165)...

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Iraqis, bristling over Israeli airstrike, renew call for U.S. troops to get out

AMMAN, Jordan —  News that Israel was behind airstrikes in Iraq has reinvigorated calls to oust U.S. forces from the country.

A U.S. official confirmed Friday that Israel had struck a base for the Hashd al Shaabi, an umbrella group of Shiite-dominated militias also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, many with deep links to Iran. Two Iranian commanders were reported killed in the attack, which occurred in July.

It was unclear whether Israel was behind three other explosions that have destroyed militias’ weapons depots in Iraq...

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Israel also attacked a Hezbollah media office in Beirut.  Pompeo is supporting both attacks it seems...

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Israel appears to attack Lebanon’s Hezbollah, part of its expanding anti-Iran campaign

AMMAN, Jordan —  Hezbollah and the Lebanese army have blamed Israel for a drone attack on Beirut on Sunday morning while the leader of the Iran-backed Shiite militia and political party threatened retaliation...

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call Sunday that he supported Israel’s right to defend itself from threats from Iran, according to a statement released by the State Department...

The first drone fell in the Moawwad neighborhood in Beirut’s southern suburbs, according to the Lebanese army, while the second, which was equipped with explosives, detonated around 2:30 in the morning and caused “material damage...”

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Israel Targets Palestinian Group’s Base in Lebanon
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Reply #168 - Aug 26th, 2019 at 3:08pm
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Iranian foreign minister is getting around...

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Iranian foreign minister holds talks in Beijing after surprise visit to G7 summit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Beijing on Monday after a surprise appearance at the Group of Seven summit in France over the weekend – a move highlighting China’s close relationship with Iran, which is in a stand-off with the US over its nuclear programme...

Before he arrived in Beijing on Monday, Zarif tweeted that he had met Macron on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz after extensive talks with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. The meeting with Macron was followed by a joint briefing with Britain and Germany...

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Reply #169 - Aug 27th, 2019 at 2:26pm
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Iranian president to Trump: First, lift sanctions, then let’s talk

Iran’s president backpedaled Tuesday on possible talks with President Trump, saying the U.S. must first lift sanctions imposed on Tehran, otherwise a meeting between the two would be a mere photo op.

Hassan Rouhani’s change of heart came a day after Trump said Monday that there’s a “really good chance” the two could meet on their nuclear impasse after a surprise intervention by French President Emmanuel Macron during the G-7 summit to try to bring Washington and Tehran together after decades of conflict...

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