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Iran: Economy not at

Iran: Economy not at "dead end"

NDTV writes that Iran said on Saturday it would resist the pressures of U.S. sanctions by relying on its natural and human resources, as Washington pushes allies to cut economic ties with Tehran.

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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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  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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 Iran will make a deal

Iran will make a deal

Dennis Ross writes in Foreign Policy that even in its afterlife, the Iran nuclear deal continues to polarize. Those who supported the agreement proclaim loudly that Iran will never negotiate any adjustment to it, while its opponents argue U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of it will produce a better deal.

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Rouhani: The US has eliminated grounds for talks

Rouhani: The US has eliminated grounds for talks

Pointing to Trump’s offer of talks, the Iranian President has said: “The US has eliminated grounds for talks. We were on a good negotiating trend, but it destroyed all the bridges and is now standing on the other side saying how must we cross!?”

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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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Iran Supreme Leader: No talks with the US

Iran Supreme Leader: No talks with the US

Iran’s Supreme Leader has commented on the reasons for not talking with the United States, saying: “Americans depend on money and power and think of talks as business. When they want to talk with another party, they set their main goals and are unwilling to take a step back. They demand credit points from the other party, and if they are refused they create commotion and controversy to bring the other party down.”

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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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