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Trump's obsession with Iran is dangerous

Trump's obsession with Iran is dangerous

Foreign Affairs reports that the Trump administration has no coherent Iran policy. In May, U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the Iran nuclear deal—even though Iran was not in violation of it. Other than Trump’s uninformed and empty assertion that it was “the worst deal ever,” his pretext for the withdrawal was Iranian aggression in the region, which was not linked to the deal. In both his rhetoric and policy, Trump seems to be positioning the United States to enter into armed conflict with Iran, warning Iran in July that it could face “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”

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Rouhani and Putin meet on sidelines of Caspian summit

Rouhani and Putin meet on sidelines of Caspian summit

RT writes that the presidents of Russia and Iran met on the sidelines of the Caspian summit in Aktau, Kazakhstan on Sunday. Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani addressed ways in which world’s most acute crises, particularly in the Middle East, can be settled, the Kremlin said.

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Trump needs confidence-building for talks with Tehran

Trump needs confidence-building for talks with Tehran

Ted Regencia wrote in Al Jazeera that it was September 1980. The Iran hostage crisis involving 52 American diplomats and citizens was in its 10th month. On the streets of the capital, there were no signs of the anti-American sentiment fading away. Within a few days, the Iran-Iraq War would erupt, drowning the region in more blood.

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Macron & Trump discussion on Iran trade

Macron & Trump discussion on Iran trade

Reuters reports on 11 August 2018 that the U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron and they discussed trade, Iran and the Middle East, the White House said.

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Trump Advisor: He tweeted to Iran to change the subject

Trump Advisor: He tweeted to Iran to change the subject

NDTV writes that tension between the United States and Iran escalated Monday after President Donald Trump appeared to threaten military action in a bellicose tweet and Iranian officials vowed to resist any attempt to destabilize their country.  

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Pre-planned tweet strategy for US sanctions against Iran

Pre-planned tweet strategy for US sanctions against Iran

NBC News writest that it would be easy to write off President Donald Trump’s bellicose tweet threatening Iran Monday morning as a bit of “wag the dog,” a diversionary tactic to blunt criticism of his fawning treatment of Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, or from the news that his lawyer may possess embarrassing tapes with his voice.  

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US claims of cyber attacks by Iran

US claims of cyber attacks by Iran

Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and on private companies, and the U.S. is warning allies, hardening its defenses and weighing a counterattack, say multiple senior U.S. officials.  

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EU opposition to US request to isolate Iran

EU opposition to US request to isolate Iran

France 24 writes that EU countries on Monday gave European firms legal cover to operate in Iran despite the US pullout from the nuclear deal, after a report that the Trump administration has rejected calls by Brussels for an exemption from sanctions.  

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Russia ready to invest USD 50bn in Iran’s energy industry

Russia ready to invest USD 50bn in Iran’s energy industry

FT writes that Iran has touted $50bn worth of potential Russian investments in its oil and gas sector as it seeks to deepen its relationship with Moscow, amid mounting pressure from the US to curb the country’s energy exports and diplomatically isolate Tehran.

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Pompeo and Mnuchin write anti-Iranian letters to EU

Pompeo and Mnuchin write anti-Iranian letters to EU

Nick Wadhams writes in Bloomberg that Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected a request from European leaders for broad-based waivers from sanctions the U.S. will reimpose on countries that do business with Iran after the President Donald Trump backed out of the 2015 nuclear accord.  

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