Marc Cancian writes in Forbes that the last week has seen many reports about Iranian naval exercises in the Persian Gulf. At the same time, the United States has increased its rhetoric against the Iranian regime. The president has pledged to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran (technically called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), has reimposed sanctions on Iran, and appears to be in a tweeting feud with the Iranian leadership.
The local writes that Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has said that Donald Trump’s decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran is a “mistake”, and warned that isolation of the country could lead to “chaos”.
Tilsetso Motsoeneng writes in CNBC that the MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile operator, is sticking to its 2018 dividend target despite new U.S. sanctions making it harder to repatriate cash from its Iran joint venture, the company said on Wednesday.
CNBC writes that the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the EU is encouraging enterprises to increase their business with Iran, as that country has been compliant with their nuclear-related commitments.
The Atlantic Council writes that it’s a truism that every president makes us nostalgic for his predecessor. In the case of Iran, US President Donald Trump and his men are outdoing the bumbles and fumbles of Reagan, the two Bushes, Clinton, and Obama, while making those earlier presidents appear as far-seeing statesmen.
The Guardian writes that the EU has launched an attempt to protect European businesses from Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran as the US administration voiced its intent to apply maximum pressure on Tehran by vigorously applying its punitive measures.
Krishnadev Calamur writes in The Atlantic on 6 August that the first set of U.S. sanctions on Iran prompted by the Trump administration’s withdrawal last May from the nuclear agreement goes into effect Monday, adding to pressure on the already hobbled Iranian economy.
Eli Watkins writes in CNN that President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton argued Monday the administration's unilateral reimposition of sanctions on Iran was already having a major effect.
Reuters reports that the European Union on Monday said it deeply regretted the re-imposition of sanctions by the United States on Iran, adding it and other signatories would work on keeping financial channels with Iran open.
In an exclusive interview with Persia Digest (PD) MIT Professor, John Tirman, said: “For all his bluster, Trump probably does not want a war with Iran. But if he takes such a decision, he will not seek congressional approval.”
The Iranian Ambassador in Muscat pointed to an increased number of flights between Iran and Oman from 20 to 48 per week, and said: “Shipping lines are also on the increase and a new one will start operating between the two countries in a fortnight.”
Any move by Iran to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz in response to the United States ending oil waivers for purchases of Iranian oil would be unjustified and unacceptable, a senior administration official said on Monday.
The Donald Trump administration will not renew sanctions waivers next month for eight countries to continue imports of Iranian oil, it announced today, in a move key American allies interpreted as an effort to get Iran to quit the 2015 nuclear deal that the United States withdrew from last year.
The 32nd Tehran International Book Fair opening ceremony was held in Tehran on Tuesday at Imam Khomeini Mosalla by the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran and the Minister of Culture and Tourism of China and its cultural representatives.