The Iranian Foreign Minister has announced joint commissions with India for banking, oil, and trade, saying: “This was a very fruitful trip. Our agreements show that the international community wants to keep the JCPOA in full force.”
In an interview with Persia Digest, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia said about the new US strategy on Iran: “Secretary Pompeo's "strategy" for dealing with Iran amounted to a call for regime change. It was welcomed by Israel and a few Gulf Arab states but spurned by the world's great powers, none of which is prepared to join the United States in military confrontation with Iran.”
In an interview with Al Jazeera network on new US policies towards Iran, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran said: “Over the years following the 1979 revolution, Iran has repeatedly proved that it will not succumb to such excessive demands; the US exit from the JCPOA is rooted in Iran not surrendering to American ultimatums.”
Robert Jervis, Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, believes that the US withdrawal from the JCPOA is likely to be messy, if not unstable, with Europe doing quite a bit to maintain economic relations and Iran breaking some parts of the JCPOA but abiding by most of it, at least for a while.
The first JCPOA Joint Commission has convened on Friday with representatives from Iran and the 4+1, and deputy chief of EU external affairs at the Coburg Hotel in Vienna without US presence. IAEA Chief, Yukiya Amano, was the special guest of the Commission, once again confirming Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA.
The Nation has published an article by Trita Parsi on 23 May 2018 which you can read here. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech on May 21 only reinforced what was already known about Donald Trump's strategy for Iran: Either the president is ratcheting up the pressure on Tehran to get a "better deal," which is the official story and the gist of Pompeo's message, or he is merely pretending to be interested in new negotiations, while putting into place the building blocks for a military assault on Iran. Yet even if Trump genuinely seeks new negotiations, he is more likely to end up in a war, because the very premise of Pompeo's speech is false. That's because more pressure on Iran would not have secured a better nuclear deal in 2015—it would only have led to war, or to a nuclear Iran.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday recalled the constant US enmity with the principles of the Islamic Republic, saying that US will definitely suffer defeat if officials can fulfill their responsibilities.
According to the New Yorker, Wendy Sherman could fairly be called the architect of the Iran agreement. She led the US in six rounds of talks with Iran and other nations and she has also had first-hand experience of diplomacy with the North Koreans. She spoke with Susan Glasser from the New Yorker in Washington.
In its latest plan against Iran, The FDD has proposed to Trump to sanction Swift, its directors, and European Banks working with Iran. Mark Dubowitz, chief executive, and Richard Goldberg, senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), have published their article entitled “Iran, Get Ready for the Battle Rial” in the Wall Street Journal on 21 May 2018, saying that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday presented the Islamic Republic of Iran with a stark choice: Either change or face “unprecedented financial pressure” in the form of “the strongest sanctions in history when we are complete.” The Trump administration has declared financial war on the Iranian regime. Given the seriousness of its currency emergency, it’s a good bet America will win.
On 22 May 2018, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian diplomat and spokesperson for Iran in its international nuclear negotiations, writes in Lobe Log that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out a list of demands on Iran in a speech threatening to “crush” the country on Monday. His bellicose words come weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal and are nothing short of an ultimatum demanding Iran’s total surrender to U.S. wishes.
A statement by HR/VP Mogherini reads: “We have listened attentively to today's speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressed not only to the audiences in Iran, but also to all those in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
The Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization announced: “Tourists are no longer required to go to Iranian embassies for visas. They can apply online and travel to Iran once their application has been reviewed.”
Paul Pillar, nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, writes in the Atlantic Council that he Trump administration’s policy toward Iran aims for regime change. Possibly US President Donald Trump dreams of reaching some bold deal with the current leadership of Iran, but he has not laid out any feasible route to one. The administration’s dominant hope instead seems to be that stepped-up economic pressure will somehow lead disaffected Iranians to rise up against their rulers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s most recent speech on Iran was essentially a call to do just that.
Ishaan Tharoor writes in the Wahington Post as we reported this week, a dispute over Turkey’s continued detention of an American clergyman has spiraled into the worst crisis between the two countries in more than four decades. President Trump has exultantly slapped tariffs on Turkish imports, an act that sent the country’s currency into a tailspin over the weekend. Now Turkey has retaliated, announcing on Wednesday that it would levy its own tariffs on a slate of U.S. products.