China will continue business with Iran after sanctions
David Reld writes in CNBS that China has become the latest country to say it will ignore the United States and continue to conduct business with Iran.
US and Iran - Tipitoeing past Armageddon
On Feb. 1, 2017, exactly 12 days after President Trump’s inauguration, then-national security adviser Mike Flynn strode to the White House lectern to deliver a 101-second statement that excoriated Iran for its “destabilizing behavior across the entire Middle East.
Bolton: Our strategic problem is not Assad, it is Iran
Al Arabiya English writes that US national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power is not a strategic issue for the United States, but Iran’s presence in the country is.
Sherman: The President may lead us down a path to conflict
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.
EU and UK respond to Pompeo on JCPOA
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).
Tirman: JCPOA opportunity for EU to leave US dominance
Speaking about Donald Trump turning down European requests about the US staying in the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear deal and the deepening gap between the US and EU, John Tirman says: “This is a golden opportunity for the EU to rebalance the alliance, which for decades has been dominated by the U.S.”
The encounters of an American tourist in Iran
John is an American tourist who is visiting Iran for the second time. This is what he has posted on his Instagram page about the country: “I hope I can show everyone that Iran is not a scary place after I have traveled 3000kms in 75 days. More importantly, the people of this country are not terrorists. They may be terrible drivers, but in no way are they terrorists.”
Johnson: A JCPOA exit is a mistake
In an article published in the New York Times about the JCPOA nuclear deal, the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, writes: By 1931 Winston Churchill had fought more election battles than any other member of the British Parliament. He ruefully calculated that “one day in 30” of his adult life had been consumed by “arduous and worrying” campaigning.
John Kerry seeking to salvage Iran deal
The bostonglobe.com writes from Washington that John Kerry’s bid to save one of his most significant accomplishments as secretary of state took him to New York on a Sunday afternoon two weeks ago, where, more than a year after he left office, he engaged in some unusual shadow diplomacy with a top-ranking Iranian official.
Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution
Earth Day 2018 has announced its slogan for this year to be end plastic pollution. According to the Iranian Department of Environment Portal (PAM), 22 April has been named as Earth Day, and this year’s global slogan is to end plastic pollution. PAM slogan is “No to plastic bags”.
John Tirman: Sanctions will not be re-imposed in JCPOA
John Tirman, Professor at MIT, says: “I don’t think JCPOA will be destroyed, even with U.S. withdrawal. I don’t think sanctions of the kind that existed before could be re-imposed.”
WorldSoccer names Iran 2nd top team
In the final hours of 2017, WorldSoccer magazine has announced its list of top teams in the world.
Iran’s National Team Melli has been named as the best team in Asia and takes a shared second rank as the second best team in the world. Real Madrid tops the list with 57 votes. Iran’s national team took second place with two votes alongside Brazil, Germany, Iceland, and Monaco.