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Sorry, Mike Pence. The last thing Europe needs is confrontation with Iran

Sorry, Mike Pence. The last thing Europe needs is confrontation with Iran

Is the Trump administration deliberately searching for a casus belli for direct military confrontation with Iran? After the Trump administration’s strange Warsaw meeting on the Middle East and its less than impressive performance at the Munich Security Conference, key European officials were left scratching their heads

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Xi: China will maintain close ties with Iran

Xi: China will maintain close ties with Iran

China’s desire to develop close ties with Iran will remain unchanged, regardless of the international situation, President Xi Jinping told the speaker of Iran’s parliament, ahead of Thursday’s visit to Beijing by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.

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France discussing fate of its citizen with Iran

France discussing fate of its citizen with Iran

France is in touch with Iran to improve the conditions of a French woman who was arrested in October on the [Persian] Gulf island of Kish for allegedly signing an illegal mining contract, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.

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US Democratic Party passes resolution to re-enter JCPOA deal

US Democratic Party passes resolution to re-enter JCPOA deal

The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution last week calling on the US to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal, a sign that the party’s 2020 presidential candidates will run on returning America to the landmark pact from which US President Donald Trump withdrew.

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Gloomy observations from Iran

Gloomy observations from Iran

One of the criticisms of Iran analysts usually thrown around on social media is that they haven’t lived in the country, visited it for a long time or speak the language.

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Iran has been lucky in its enemies

Iran has been lucky in its enemies

The 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution this month predictably showcased the mix of breast-beating and victimhood that so characterises the theocratic nationalists who rule the Islamic Republic. Even Hassan Rouhani, the pragmatic president now more beholden to the regime’s hardliners after President Donald Trump last year pulled the US out of the nuclear deal struck with Iran in 2015, has lent full-throated voice to the jingoistic chorus.

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An unlikely Eurasian convergence

An unlikely Eurasian convergence

Although the three-nation summit did not get much press in the West, its emergence is a signal, albeit a quiet one, that Eurasia’s geopolitical landscape is undergoing major changes.

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Israel seeking to provoke Iran into a military response

Israel seeking to provoke Iran into a military response

The former director general of Middle East Affairs at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes: “Tel Aviv is presently seeking to provoke Iran to show a military reaction so that it would lead to a US involvement in the conflict and eventually, help Israel solve its problem in the Middle East. But Iran can boost its position in the region through peace and stability and has no need for this conflict.”

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The Warsaw Conference and the isolated superpower

The Warsaw Conference and the isolated superpower

The Trump administration tried to make this week’s Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the bashing. But the conference instead became what most European governments—whose attendance at the gathering was spotty and often low-level—warned it would be: a demonstration not of U.S.-European unity on policy toward Iran but instead of disunity. That the conference’s final statement makes no mention of Iran has to be a major disappointment for the administration.

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HooK: No one is defending Iran

HooK: No one is defending Iran

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook underlined a difference between the US and Europe in dealing with Iran. While he said that no government participating in the Warsaw conference has defended the Iranian regime, he affirmed his country’s determination to tighten the grip on Tehran and its regional proxies.

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Trump's spectacular failure in Poland

Trump's spectacular failure in Poland

A US-led conference in Warsaw this week that was intended to isolate Iran has ended up isolating America instead — highlighting one of the central problems of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

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