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Reasons why Iran won't talk with Trump

Reasons why Iran won't talk with Trump

Mehdi Shaddel writes in The National Interest that the recent exchange of barbs between Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump has given rise to speculations about a potential North Korea-style rapprochement between Iran and the United States following the latter’s unilateral withdrawal in May from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Such speculations partly stem from the fact that Trump and several high-ranking members of his administration, most recently Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have underscored America’s readiness for a new round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme and its regional behavior.

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US plans new ways of weakening Iran

US plans new ways of weakening Iran

Krishnadev Calamur writes in The Atlantic that sixty-five years ago this week, a CIA-backed coup toppled Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran’s democratically elected prime minister. The goal of the coup was to strengthen the hand of the West’s ally Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of a new Iran Action Group to coordinate U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear accord with Iran.

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  Iraq between Iran and a hard place

Iraq between Iran and a hard place

Ishaan Tharoor writes in the Wahington Post as we reported this week, a dispute over Turkey’s continued detention of an American clergyman has spiraled into the worst crisis between the two countries in more than four decades. President Trump has exultantly slapped tariffs on Turkish imports, an act that sent the country’s currency into a tailspin over the weekend. Now Turkey has retaliated, announcing on Wednesday that it would levy its own tariffs on a slate of U.S. products.

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  America not safer for Iran sanctions

America not safer for Iran sanctions

David Andelman writes in CNN don't count on sanctions to drive Iran to Donald Trump's bargaining table. Bill Clinton tried that gambit 20 years go. It led to a decade of grief and misery for the Iranian people and set the world even closer to a nuclear-armed Iran.

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Quercus pulls plug on Iran's solar plant

Quercus pulls plug on Iran's solar plant

Reuters reports that British renewable energy investor Quercus said it will stop building a 500 million euro (445.8 million pounds) solar power project in Iran due to recently imposed U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

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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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Littoral nations sign landmark Caspian deal

Littoral nations sign landmark Caspian deal

The Guardian writes that Vladimir Putin met the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday at the close of a dramatic week in which each had been threatened with punishing economic sanctions by the US.

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Zarif: Trump jubilation is shameful

Zarif: Trump jubilation is shameful

Following the imposition of sanctions against Turkey, Iran’s top diplomat, Javad Zarif, tweeted: “Trump's jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful. The US has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions & bullying or entire world will unite—beyond verbal condemnations—to force it to. We’ve stood with neighbors before, and will again now.”

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Tehran-Beijing trade on the increase

Tehran-Beijing trade on the increase

The Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) Spokesperson pointed to trade between Tehran and Beijing, announcing: “The trade volume between Iran and China has increased in the first half of 2018 as compared to a similar period last year.”

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Iran test-fires short-range anti-ship missiles

Iran test-fires short-range anti-ship missiles

Reuters writes on 11 August 2017 that Iran test-fired a short-range anti-ship missile in the Strait of Hormuz during naval drills last week that Washington believes were aimed at sending a message as the United States reimposes sanctions on Tehran, a U.S. official said on Friday.

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