Trump's sanctions on Iran are different this time
Nick Cuningham from Oil Price writes that the Trump administration is trying to replicate the Obama-era strategy of shutting in Iranian oil exports as a way to pressure the regime into making a series of concessions. But there are several reasons why Trump may not succeed.
Arab prince request from Trump to attack Iran
The New York Times wrote on 19 May 2018 that three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. One was an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. Another was an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes. The third was a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor.
Nephew: EU can prevent secondary sanctions against Iran
Speaking about the EU role in preventing the impact of US secondary sanctions on Iran, Richard Nephew says: “The EU can potentially do this, but it will have to act fast and aggressively if it is to both dissuade U.S. sanctions pressure on European companies and provide assurance to European companies.”
Farhadi airs views on US exit from JCPOA
Asghar Farhadi’s premiere of “Everybody knows” opening the 2018 Cannes Film Festival has coincided with the news of the US withdrawing from the JCPOA nuclear agreement on 8 May, a step Farhadi regards as placing more pressure on the people of Iran rather than its government.
Macron tells Saudis France free to trade with Iran
In its April 9, 2018 issue, The New Yorker writes that a few days after Donald Trump was inaugurated, Jared Kushner sat down to decide how to reshape the Middle East. During the campaign, Trump had promised a sweeping transformation of the region. Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior aide and ideologist at the time, told me recently, “Our plan was to annihilate the physical caliphate of isis in Iraq and Syria—not attrition, annihilation— to roll back the Persians, and force the Gulf states to stop funding radical Islam.”
Roshandel: JCPOA failure has unanticipated consequences for the world
Citing a diplomatic source in Germany, Reuters reported on 28 February that “European and US officials are planning to meet in Berlin in March for talks on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.” Previously, The New York Times had reported that European countries had agreed to safeguard the JCPOA, not by amending it, but by reaching a separate agreement. The paper wrote that Europe had agreed on three issues: 1) Requiring Iran to negotiate its missile program; 2) Guaranteeing unrestricted access to Iranian military installations; 3) Extending the expiration date for the JCPOA sunset clauses.
Paul Pillar: The US cannot change the JCPOA unilaterally
Paul Pillar says: The U.S. government does not have the ability to change unilaterally a multilateral agreement. Even most of the U.S. opponents of the JCPOA admit that, which is why they talk about "renegotiating" the accord.
How Mistranslation Could Threaten the Iran Deal
The Atlantic writes we don’t have to take Tehran at its word. But we should at least know what the leadership is saying.
Is Trump planning bad decision on Iran deal?
As reported by Washington Post, according to international inspectors and the U.S. intelligence community, Iran has largely abided by the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which greatly reduced its stockpile of enriched unranium and placed strict limits on its nuclear