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Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.  

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Pompeo reveals big lies about Iran nuclear activities

Pompeo reveals big lies about Iran nuclear activities

Former CIA Chief and Trump’s Secretary of State nominee, Mike Pompeo, has confessed to twelve years of making up lies by the US about Iran’s nuclear activities at his confirmation hearing, saying: “Iran wasn’t racing to a weapon before the deal. There is no indication that I’m aware of that if the deal no longer existed that they would immediately turn to racing to create a nuclear weapon today.”  

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Iran warning to Europe

Iran warning to Europe

Iranian Political Deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, has responded to certain western media claims about new EU sanctions against Iran, and said: “Should certain European countries pursue the imposition of non-nuclear sanctions against Iran to please the US President, they have made a huge miscalculation. They will see its direct consequences on the JCPOA nuclear deal and its survival.”  

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Iran shifts towards the East as patience runs out

Iran shifts towards the East as patience runs out

Japantimes.co.jp writes on 26 February 2018 that Iran’s supreme leader has signaled a decisive shift in favor of relations with China and Russia, indicating that patience is running out with efforts to improve ties with the West.  

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Iran response to Samsung gift incident in Olympics

Iran response to Samsung gift incident in Olympics

Simultaneously with the inauguration of the winter Olympics in South Korea, it was announced that the sponsors Samsung will be giving 4000 Galaxy Note 8 smartphones to athletes as gifts. But, the Olympics Organizing Committee announced that athletes from Iran and N Korea will not receive the gift due to sanctions.

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Iran economic & banking delegation in France

Iran economic & banking delegation in France

Seyed Abbas Araghchi, political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, is leaving for Paris today with a high level delegation of economic and banking officials to take part in the 2nd Euromoney Conference and conduct political and economic talks with French officials.  

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EU: We will defend our companies in JCPOA

EU: We will defend our companies in JCPOA

euractive.com writes on 2 February 2018: Europe has to decide what to do in case the US makes good on its threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran. The alternative is to agree to tighter terms proposed by Washington that could hit European companies.

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Shireen Hunter: Iran must give up revolutionary goals

Shireen Hunter: Iran must give up revolutionary goals

Shireen Hunter says: As long as new sanctions do not resurrect some of the old nuclear-related sanctions, the JCPOA can survive at least between Iran and Europe. Otherwise, it will become one more international agreement ignored by the more powerful sides.

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Araghchi: Europe is making a mistake

Araghchi: Europe is making a mistake

In answer to the question of whether Europe will impose non-nuclear sanctions on Iran to satisfy the US demands on the JCPOA 2015 nuclear agreement, Deputy for Legal and International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Abbas Aragchi, said: “We have not seen a consensus by Europe yet. There are those on the Continent who believe they can convince Trump to stay in the deal by agreeing with him on other non-nuclear issues. This idea is totally wrong and will certainly backfire.”

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