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Direct US threats to Iranian tourism

Direct US threats to Iranian tourism

Three years ago, the US changed its visa waiver law and tried to indirectly threaten Iran’s tourism. Now, US consulates and embassies in certain Asian and European countries, and even in Iran’s neighboring countries, are overtly pressurizing travel agents and threatening them to stop sending tourists to Iran.

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The Warsaw Conference and the isolated superpower

The Warsaw Conference and the isolated superpower

The Trump administration tried to make this week’s Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the bashing. But the conference instead became what most European governments—whose attendance at the gathering was spotty and often low-level—warned it would be: a demonstration not of U.S.-European unity on policy toward Iran but instead of disunity. That the conference’s final statement makes no mention of Iran has to be a major disappointment for the administration.

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HooK: No one is defending Iran

HooK: No one is defending Iran

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook underlined a difference between the US and Europe in dealing with Iran. While he said that no government participating in the Warsaw conference has defended the Iranian regime, he affirmed his country’s determination to tighten the grip on Tehran and its regional proxies.

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Zarif warns: War against Iran 'suicidal'

Zarif warns: War against Iran 'suicidal'

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has warned the U.S. and its allies that it would be "suicidal" to start a war with Iran, accusing Washington of having a "pathological obsession" with his country.

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Trump's Iran policy: Much ado about nothing

Trump's Iran policy: Much ado about nothing

The Trump administration’s policy of containing and weakening the Islamic Republic of Iran may appear to be going well to causal observers of Iranian affairs, and there is some evidence to support such a view.

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Next US president should return to JCPOA conditionally

Next US president should return to JCPOA conditionally

To the surprise of many analysts (us included), Iran has continued to abide by the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite the Trump administration’s decision last year to withdraw from it and reimpose U.S. sanctions. Tehran seems to be betting that if it can weather the economic pressure, come 2021, a new U.S. president could reverse Donald Trump’s decision and re-enter the deal. As long as this hope holds out, the deal’s backers in Tehran appear to have persuaded Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to stay in the deal for now, capitalizing on the discord between the United States and its European allies, and avoiding the larger snapback of European and United Nations sanctions that would follow if Iran were to return to its nuclear activities.

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US sanctions more Iranian entities

US sanctions more Iranian entities

The United States has imposed new sanctions on nine Iranian citizens and two entities that it says are engaging in malicious covert actions that have targeted Americans at home and abroad, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement on Wednesday.

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