Tag: Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran's Labour Minister Ali Rabiei, seen here addressing parliament on March 13, 2018, has been impeached amid mounting anger over the government's handling of an economic crisis which has deepened with the return of US sanctions

Iranian Lawmakers Impeach Rouhani’s Labor Minister amid Economic Woes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s relatively “moderate” Labor Minister Ali “Ebad” Rabiei was impeached by 129 to 243 votes on Wednesday, in what appears to be a win for the Islamic Republic’s hardliners as the nation grapples with a deepening economic problems, unemployment and a slew of sanctions Rouhani has been blamed for.

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani struck a hard line Monday as the U.S. restored some sanctions that had been lifted …

Iran’s Former Ambassador Admits Regime Change Is Only Option for Iran

Iran’s former ambassador to Germany, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, made an argument on Ohio-based talk show Going Global with David Delgado on Monday evening that regime change is truly the only option for the Islamic Republic, because the nation will not change its behavior and “behave like a normal country” to have sanctions removed, as United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump administration has suggested.

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani gives a speech in the city of Tabriz in the northwestern East-Azerbaijan province on April 25, 2018, during an event commemorating the city as the 2018 capital of Islamic tourism

Iran’s Rouhani Suddenly Willing to Talk ‘Right Now,’ Without Preconditions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani abruptly reversed his position on talks with the United States on Monday, just hours before tough U.S. sanctions went back into effect. After a week of arrogantly dismissing President Donald Trump’s offer of direct talks, Rouhani said he was willing to negotiate with the United States “right now,” without preconditions.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani listens to a question during a press conference in New York on September 20, 2017, on the sideline of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General assembly

Iranian Parliament Wants to Question Rouhani About Collapsing Economy

The Iranian parliament announced on Wednesday that it wants to question President Hassan Rouhani about the shaky economy and rapidly devaluing currency. The announcement said Rouhani has been summoned to appear before a special session of parliament within a month, without setting an exact date.

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Iran Builds Nuclear Centrifuge Factory, Prepares to Enrich Huge Stockpile of Uranium

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, announced on Wednesday that a new factory capable of producing 60 nuclear centrifuge rotors per day is completed and ready to go online if the nuclear deal collapses. He also said Iran has been steadily acquiring uranium despite the “denuclearization” agreement and now has 950 tons of uranium ready to enrich.

An oil facility on Iran's Khark Island; the US State Department on Monday confirmed sanctions for oil would "snap back" in November

Europe Grants EIB Ability to Invest in Iran

The European Commission voted on Wednesday to grant the European Investment Bank (EIB) the ability to invest money, as a loan, into U.S.-sanctioned Iran.

European Union former policy chief and former NATO secretary-general Javier Solana seen during the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting entitled 'Ukraine and the World: Addressing Tomorrow’s Challenges Together', organized by the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, Ukraine, Saturday, Sept. …

U.S. Denies Entry to Former NATO Chief

The United States reportedly denied entry Monday to NATO’s former Secretary General Javier Solana — who played a key role in negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — over a visit he made to Iran in 2013.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during the Tehran Security Conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Iran's foreign minister has warned neighboring countries over fomenting insecurity in his country, a reference to anti-government protests that have roiled Iran over the past two weeks. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iranian Foreign Minister: Pompeo’s Demands for Nuclear Deal ‘Insulting’ and Illegal

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation on May 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined a list of 12 conditions Iran must meet to reach a new nuclear agreement with the United States. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, one of the lead architects of the nuclear deal Tehran struck with former President Barack Obama, responded this week by lashing out at Pompeo, dismissing his demands as “insulting,” and accusing President Donald Trump of “erratic behavior.”

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Iran Threatens to Enrich Uranium Beyond Established Limits if Nuclear Deal Fails

An official for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) threatened on Wednesday that his country will be ready to begin uranium enrichment that will go beyond the limitations set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at its Fordo nuclear facility and install new equipment at its Natanz nuclear facility if the Iran nuclear deal fails.

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Report: Israel, UAE Maintained Secret Close Ties Since 1990s

TEL AVIV – Israel has maintained a top-secret but extremely close relationship for nearly a quarter of a century with the United Arab Emirates, the New Yorker magazine reported on Monday, adding that the two nations attempted to deter then-president Barack Obama from going through with the Iranian nuclear deal.

After lengthy negotiations and tight oversight by the Obama administration, Boeing in December 2016 announced a landmark agreement to sell Iran Air 80 aircraft valued at $16.6 billion

Boeing Ends Sales to Iran Following U.S. Sanctions

Boeing announced on Wednesday that it will not deliver any of its aircraft to Iran in light of United States sanctions on the Islamic Republic as part of America’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal.

US President Barack Obama smiles at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel April 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Flashback: When Obama Officials Lied to Congress About Iran’s Access to U.S. Banks

A bombshell report released Wednesday by the majority staff of the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed that the Obama administration secretly plotted to give Iran access to the U.S. financial system as a sweetener for the 2015 nuclear deal. This effectively helped Iran evade sanctions that were not lifted as part of the JCPOA, as it is formally known. The report also details how Obama officials blatantly lied to Congress and the American people about this special arrangement.

A handout picture from the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him greeting the crowd during a ceremony on June 4, 2018

Ayatollah Orders Iran to Prepare for Increased Uranium Enrichment

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday ordered his Atomic Energy Organization to prepare for weapons-grade uranium enrichment, bringing pressure against European powers desperate to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive after the U.S. withdrew last month.

TEHRAN, IRAN - JANUARY 23 : Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) pose during a meeting at Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran on January 23, 2016. (Photo by Pool / Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Iran Asks China to Help Save Nuclear Deal

Iran’s ambassador to China, Ali Asghar Khaji, told the South China Morning Post in remarks published Monday that he hopes China can help preserve what is left of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal, following America’s withdrawal from it this month.