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Zarif warns US on JCPOA withdrawal

Zarif warns US on JCPOA withdrawal

In an interview to air Sunday on "Face the Nation," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country is ready to restart its controversial nuclear program if the Trump administration resumes sanctions.  

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Araghchi: All options are on the table

Araghchi: All options are on the table

The Foreign Ministry’s Political Deputy said: “We are ready to defend the interests of the IR of Iran against every move by the US President.” Seyed Abbas Araghchi has travelled to Rome to meet with European officials. He added: “The US President is swimming against the tide of international norms. The international community is presently trying to deal with this. We are in close contact with them and will not allow the interests of the IR of Iran to dwindle amid his moves. We are well placed to defend ourselves and are ready to deal with every scenario.”  

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JCPOA – A model to resolve the N Korean nuclear crisis

JCPOA – A model to resolve the N Korean nuclear crisis

Seyed Hossein Mousavian is the former Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and an Iranian scholar who served on Iran's nuclear diplomacy team in negotiations with the EU and International Atomic Energy Agency. He is currently a visiting research scholar at Princeton University. He has recently spoken at the International Meeting on Nuclear Power (Fissile Material) in South Korea’s Parliament. The full text can be read below.

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5 potential scenarios for Iran deal

5 potential scenarios for Iran deal

Seyed Hossein Mousavian wrote in Al-Monitor on 13 April 2018: “President Donald Trump’s tapping of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton for secretary of state and national security adviser, respectively, should do away with any pretense that the US administration wishes to “fix” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). While Trump has long telegraphed his desire to undo the nuclear deal, Pompeo and especially Bolton have long advocated regime-change policies toward Iran, including war. As the May 12 deadline for Trump to renew sanctions waivers under the JCPOA approaches, five scenarios exist for how Trump’s “fix it or nix it” saga on the accord will play out.

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Rouhani poke at Trump: Tweets will not shake JCPOA

Rouhani poke at Trump: Tweets will not shake JCPOA

Speaking at the National Nuclear Technology Day ceremonies, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, stated: “We will pursue our nuclear technology in various scientific fields and constructive interaction with the world. We have gained a new global achievement and proved to the world that we remain committed to our obligations.”

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Sherman: Exit from JCPOA tells Pyongyang US not trustworthy

Sherman: Exit from JCPOA tells Pyongyang US not trustworthy

On 6 April 2018, Yahoo News writes that freed from the shackles of cautious advisers and brimming with self-confidence, President Trump is boldly executing the disruptive foreign policy that he promised as a candidate. In just the month of March, Trump jettisoned his secretary of State, national security adviser and chief economist, replacing these so-called “adults in the room” with officials more aligned with his unilateralist and nationalist impulses. In rapid succession Trump bypassed his top intelligence advisers in agreeing to an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, rattled Congressional Republicans by provoking a trade war with China

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EU/Japan affirm JCPOA implementation

EU/Japan affirm JCPOA implementation

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Taro Kono, Japanese Foreign Minister, held a telephone conversation on Friday 6 April 2018, emphasizing on their commitment to the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement and its implementation.

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Zarif poke at Saudi milking by US

Zarif poke at Saudi milking by US

On President Trump’s recent statement that if the Saudis wish to keep a US military presence in Syria they must accept the costs, the Iranian FM, Javad Zarid, tweeted: “Meanwhile “milking” continues unabated. Confirmed today: President Trump demands additional USD 4BN from Daesh financiers to keep uninvited US troops in Syria. Anything to reverse successes against extremists and undermine Syrian national unity.”

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Walt: US has much to lose by launching war on Iran

Walt: US has much to lose by launching war on Iran

Stephen Walt is an American professor of international relations at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government. In his article in “Foreign Policy” he writes: Is the United States on the road to war? The number of people who think so seems to be growing, especially after President Donald Trump fired several of the grown-ups who were reportedly tempering his worst instincts and proceeded to elevate hawks such as CIA Director Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Writing in the New York Times Magazine this past Sunday, Robert Worth portrays Defense Secretary James Mattis as the sole voice of reason in Trump’s new “war cabinet” and highlights the risks of conflict with Iran, North Korea, and maybe a few other countries. How nervous should we be, and how might we tell if Trump is really serious about war or not?  

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Macron tells Saudis France free to trade with Iran

Macron tells Saudis France free to trade with Iran

In its April 9, 2018 issue, The New Yorker writes that a few days after Donald Trump was inaugurated, Jared Kushner sat down to decide how to reshape the Middle East. During the campaign, Trump had promised a sweeping transformation of the region. Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior aide and ideologist at the time, told me recently, “Our plan was to annihilate the physical caliphate of isis in Iraq and Syria—not attrition, annihilation— to roll back the Persians, and force the Gulf states to stop funding radical Islam.”

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Dennis Ross: Withdrawal from JCPOA isolates US

Dennis Ross: Withdrawal from JCPOA isolates US

Dennis Ross, a distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute, served in senior national security positions in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations. In his article published in the “Washington Post” he writes:  

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Abrogation of JCPOA has grave consequences for int’l community

Abrogation of JCPOA has grave consequences for int’l community

Abbas Araghchi, Political Deputy at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has announced that the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear deal with world powers is an agreement directly linked to regional and international security and its abrogation will have grave consequences for everyone.

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