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Iranian president defends nuclear deal, says Trump can not undermine it

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended the nuclear deal with Western powers Saturday and said that U.S. President Donald Trump could not undermine it. Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to limit its disputed nuclear programme in return for the easing of economic sanctions. However, Trump is expected to announce soon …

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Why Trump and Netanyahu might keep Iran nuclear deal after all

BY MATTHEW LEVITT, KATHERINE BAUER AND PATRICK CLAWSON With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington for his first visit with President Trump, the two leaders are likely find themselves in agreement on the need to hold Iran more accountable for its ongoing illicit conduct than was the case under …

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Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars

A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Iran will not yield to “useless” U.S. threats from “an inexperienced person” over its ballistic missile program. U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said on Wednesday the United States was putting Iran on notice over …

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If Trump nixes nuclear deal, ‘we are prepared,’ says country’s atomic chief

Iran says it is reserving judgment on new U.S. President Donald Trump. But if he does, as he’s vowed, “tear up” the international deal Tehran reached on curbing its nuclear program, it could quickly ramp that program back up, says the country’s atomic energy chief. In the first comments on …

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Israeli Intel Warn Netanyahu Against Pushing Trump to Undo Iran Deal

Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Donald Trump, who will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, seems set to transform the global agenda, as well as the style in which decisions are made and implemented in Washington. When …

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Iran’s Rouhani proposes budget rise as Trump election threatens growth

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proposed on Sunday a state budget of about $100 billion for next year, loosening the purse strings to support economic growth as Donald Trump’s election threatens to put renewed pressure on Tehran. The U.S. president-elect said during his campaign that he would scrap last year’s nuclear …

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Why Donald Trump needs the Iran nuclear deal

Michael Axworthy (The Guardian) In March 2016, Donald Trump gave a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac). He was forthright about his support for Israel should he become president. He was particularly strong on Iran, and on the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Obama, saying straight off: …

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Trump election puts Iran nuclear deal on shaky ground

Donald Trump’s election as president raises the prospect the United States will pull out of the nuclear pact it signed last year with Iran, alienating Washington from its allies and potentially freeing Iran to act on its ambitions. Outgoing President Barack Obama’s administration touted the deal, a legacy foreign policy …

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Iran once again exceeds a nuclear deal limit: IAEA report

Iran has exceeded a soft limit on sensitive material set under its nuclear deal with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Wednesday, hours after Donald Trump – who has strongly criticized the agreement – won the U.S. presidential election. It is the second time Tehran has surpassed the …

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Exclusive: Iran’s Airbus jet purchase gets boost from lease finance deal

Iran has reached a deal with a foreign leasing company to finance the first 17 jets it plans to buy from Airbus (AIR.PA), breaking a logjam in efforts to import aircraft following the lifting of sanctions, people familiar with the move said. The deal removes a significant hurdle to securing …

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