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Mike Pompeo on Iran at Heritage Foundation

Well, good morning, everyone. I first want to thank the Heritage Foundation and its president, Kay Coles James. Thank you for hosting me today. First as a private citizen and then as a member of Congress, and even today, the Heritage Foundation has shaped my thinking on matters of the …

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Europe Doesn’t Have to Be Trump’s Doormat

By Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson – New York Times After months of swaggering hesitation, President Trump finally announced the United States’ withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, to which Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union are also parties. This action tramples on European leaders, who urged Mr. Trump …

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Pompeo to press allies on Iran after moves on North Korea

Having returned from North Korea on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will embark on talks to persuade allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to press Iran to return to negotiations over its nuclear and missile programs, U.S. officials said. The open question is whether the allies, and …

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Nuclear deal a challenge for Rouhani asIran hardliners close in

  By Parisa Hafezi (Reuters) Iran‘s hardliners are preparing to bring President Hassan Rouhani to heel if U.S. President Donald Trump scraps Tehran’s nuclear deal with major powers, officials and analysts believe. Trump has threatened to abrogate the 2015 agreement by not extending sanctions waivers when they expire on May 12, …

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Expert Warns “Iran’s Economy is in a Death Spiral”

Steve H. Hanke is a professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., a …

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Israel’s options for resolving tension with Iran

Yossi Beilin – Al Monitor If Israel and Iran want to set new rules for the game played on the Syrian front, and if they would rather avoid all-out war, they should look back at the understandings reached between Israel and former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in Lebanon back in 1976. …

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Iranian conservatives predict limited US strike on Syria

The war of words between Russia and the United States has escalated following the recent suspected chemical attack on Doumaand the Israeli airstrike on the T4 air basein Syria, which left seven Iranians dead. Iranian media are extensively covering and analyzing these developments. While conservative outlets generally opine that a US …

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IRAN’S NUCLEAR HOLIDAY: A FINAL ATTEMPT TO DETER TRUMP

Omer Carmi – The Washington Institute The twentieth day of Farvardin, which usually coincides with April 8 or 9, is known in Iran as “National Nuclear Technology Day.” The unusual celebration began under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who declared it an official holiday in 2006 after Iran reached a significant …

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THE MOST IMPORTANT SPEECH OF THE YEAR IN IRAN

Patrick Clawson – The Washington Institute The most important annual speech in Iran is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s lengthy address to pilgrims in Mashhad on March 21, Nowruz Day (not to be confused with his less significant midnight television address marking the beginning of the holiday). Over the years, the …

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Iran’s Nobel Laureate Is Done With Reform. She Wants Regime Change.

Shirin Ebadi, Iran’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights lawyer, has had enough. For years she represented her country’s dissidents in the Islamic Republic’s corrupt courts. She spoke out for the rights of women, minorities and students abroad. But she never called for the end of the regime she was fighting …

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