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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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U.S. Envoy Says Iran Cannot ‘Hold World Hostage’ With Nuclear Deal

 U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday Iran must be held responsible for “its missile launches, support for terrorism, disregard for human rights, and violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions.” Haley was responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who said earlier on Tuesday that Iran could …

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France, worried by Trump, promises to defend Iran nuclear deal

France vowed on Monday to defend Iran’s nuclear deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up, but said it was imperative Tehran abide strictly by the conditions of the accord. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrived in the Iranian capital just as relations between Tehran and the new …

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Iran presses for banking agreement to facilitate sanctions pact

Iran is pressing the United States to ease banking obstacles to the reopening of trade under last year’s nuclear deal and hopes for progress on the sidelines of United Nations meetings in NewYork this week, an Iranian official said on Sunday. The country’s national airline has provisionally agreed to buy …

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IRAN’S PLAN TO EXPAND ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM — AND STEPS THE U.S. CAN TAKE TO DETER IT 

By Michael Singh – Wall Street Journal  In response to a recently publicized document describing Iran’s nuclear intentions, the next U.S. administration should first make clear that being aware of Iran’s plans is not the same as acquiescing to them.  Rarely in foreign policy does one get a decade’s advance notice …

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Iran nuclear pact opponents lobby in U.S. against Boeing, Airbus deals

As the U.S. Treasury Department decides whether to license sales of Boeing Co (BA.N) and Airbus (AIR.PA) commercial aircraft to Iran, opponents of last year’s nuclear pact with the Islamic republic have launched a lobbying campaign against the deals. The international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program made such sales …

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A DEAL AMONG ENEMIES

Mehdi Khalaji – The Washington Institute   Many Western policy makers assume that Iran is a rational player, and that its policies are not driven by Islamic ideology. Under this approach, they assume that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will encourage Iran to make tough compromises on the nuclear …

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Is Iran already gaming the nuclear deal?

J. Matthew McInnis, & Tara Beeny (AEI)   While the world focused on the escalating Russian and Iranian intervention in Syria, the continuing debate in Tehran over adopting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has gotten a little lost. But listening to the Iranian parliament argue whether the nuclear deal …

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Former Obama aides say U.S. needs tougher Iran nuclear deal

A group of prominent American security advisers, including five with ties to President Barrack Obama’s first term, warned on Wednesday that a deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program was at risk of failing to provide adequate safeguards. In an open letter, the group of former U.S. officials and foreign policy …

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Israel links ratifying nuclear test ban to Iran ties

Israel wants Iranian recognition before it ratifies an international ban on nuclear bomb tests, an Israeli official said on Wednesday, in a rare public discussion of terms for upgrading from signatory status. Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) enjoys wide global support but must be …

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