Reuters: Iraq’s election could yet be won by Iran
Reuters reports on 11 June 2018 that the battle to determine the composition of the next Iraqi government has not yet been won, but Iran could secure a strategic victory in the face of lackluster engagement by the United States. Senior U.S. foreign policy officials are distracted by the upcoming summit with North Korea, while those assigned to push back against Iranian influence are solely focused on re-imposing sanctions – failing to appreciate the significance of this potential turning point for Tehran’s regional influence.
EU denies proposal to add clauses to JCPOA
Reuters reported on Sunday, 20 May 2018: “Three EU sources have denied allegations about considering financial aid to Iran in return for obtaining concessions from Tehran to save the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal.”
Mojtahedzadeh: Iran nuclear weapon can stop imperialistic intimidations
A Iranian university professor believes that world peace and security can be achieved with a regional and global balance of power. He says: “Personally, I believe that if Iran had nuclear weapons, the regional balance of power, and therefore stability and security in this area, would have been too crucial to become the object of such imperialistic intimidations.” Citing a diplomatic source in Germany, Reuters reported on 28 February that European and US officials are planning to meet in Berlin in mid-March for talks on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
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.”