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Trumps maximum pressure on Iran not working

Trumps maximum pressure on Iran not working

The Trump administration's strategy of maximum pressure on Iran took full effect on Nov. 5. It included the re-imposition of oil sanctions and designation of more than 700 Iranian entities, individuals, aircraft, and vessels. However, so far, the impact has fallen short of what will be required for true maximum pressure, though the administration is on the right path.

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Stick of sanctions effective if the carrot is made sweeter

Stick of sanctions effective if the carrot is made sweeter

Since the resumption of U.S. sanctions on Iran two weeks ago, the rhetoric from Washington and Tehran has been predictably belligerent and defiant. Each has claimed it is open to fresh negotiations, but only if the other abandons its intransigence. Each is adamant that it will not be the first to blink.

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Americans protest Trump’s removal of US attorney general

Americans protest Trump’s removal of US attorney general

Tens of thousands of protesters across the United States decried Donald Trump’s removal of Jeff Sessions as the country’s attorney general, a move they fear threatens the independence of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections.

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India 'optimistic' for Iran oil imports

India 'optimistic' for Iran oil imports

Caught between the US and Iran, India is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about not attracting secondary sanctions from Washington for continuing to import oil from the Islamic nation beyond November 4, reports the Hindu Business Line.

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Iran responds to Trump's charges

Iran responds to Trump's charges

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has responded to recent statements by the President of the United States and his national security advisor, as well as parts of the US Counterterrorism Strategy document accusing Iran of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the West Asian region.

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Iranian David facing American Goliath

Iranian David facing American Goliath

Hundreds of diplomats from around the world converged on New York this past week for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, writes Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe. One had a tougher job than all the others — the world’s most challenging diplomatic assignment. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran is today’s David facing the American Goliath. In this confrontation, as in the Bible, the odds favor Goliath.

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Pompeo Blasts Kerry meeting with Zarif

Pompeo Blasts Kerry meeting with Zarif

CNN Politics writes that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted his predecessor John Kerry for "unseemly and unprecedented" behavior after Kerry said he had met Iranian officials since leaving office.

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