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Trump might not be able to hit Iran’s oil industry as hard as Obama did, analysts say

“The assessments come after Trump announced plans to toughen the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which saw Tehran limit its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief” writes Raheb Homavandi for cnbc.com. President Donald Trump may find it difficult to prevent Iran from selling its oil, a proven way to pressure the U.S. adversary, if he decides to renew sanctions on Tehran, analysts warn.While close U.S. allies in Europe, South Korea and Japan would likely curtail oil purchases from Iran if Trump restores U.S. sanctions, Asian buyers like…

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Nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated or altered, Iran tells UN

“While supporting the overall objective the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, we stress that it needs to be complemented by urgent conclusion of a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons” reports tehrantimes.com. Likewise, concrete practical measures on the total elimination of nuclear weapons need to be adopted in the 2020 NPT Review Conference.Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, has said that the 2015 nuclear deal is an international agreement and cannot be renegotiated or altered. “As stressed in Iran’s recent statement, the JCPOA (the official name for the…

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Trump should let U.S. oil companies do business in Iran: Zanganeh

“TEHRAN- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that U.S. President Donald Trump should allow American oil companies to do business in Iran, IRNA reported” reports tehrantimes.com. “If they want to, we are ready to negotiate American companies about development of oil and gas resources”, the minister said.Zanganeh’s comments on Tuesday come as Americans and U.S. companies are still barred from directly doing business with Iran.That’s even with the 2015 nuclear deal being in place.French oil giant Total SA has entered the Iranian market following the deal. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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Why Trump’s stance on Iran could backfire

“This is a departure from his previous stance on the group, whose dominance in the Iranian economy is a foil against his plans for reform” writes Str Afp for cnbc.com. Losing Iran’s favor could have a negative impact on the world economy too.Maintaining Iran’s cooperation is crucial to securing both its nuclear ambitions and the foreign business deals that were struck when sanctions were officially lifted on the country’s economy in January 2016. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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North Korea says ‘nuclear war may break out any moment’ — but that’s the last thing it wants

“On the surface, the latest US military movements look like preparations for a preemptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.com. North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned on Monday that tensions on the peninsula have escalated so high that “a nuclear war may break out any moment.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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U.S. Official Says Not Ruling Out Direct Talks With North Korea

“The U.N. Security Council has unanimously ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs since 2006” writes Min Read for reuters.com. REUTERS/Issei Kato TOKYO/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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EU urges US Congress to preserve Iran nuclear deal

“The Iran deal was brokered by her predecessor, Catherine Ashton, and signed by the UK, France, Germany, the US, Russia and China” writes Jennifer Rankin for theguardian.com. But the Iran deal was something that I felt had to be done.” Trump wants the US Congress to toughen the conditions on Iran, but any amendments would require 60 votes to pass.Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, said: “We are obviously working as Europeans to keep the Iran nuclear going.It came as the EU’s 28 foreign ministers unanimously called for full and…

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Support the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act | Op-Ed

“Arms-control experts have long advocated an explicit national policy of No First Use of nuclear weapons” writes Special To The for seattletimes.com. Requiring a formal declaration of war before any potential use of nuclear weapons would be sound policy, no matter who is occupying the White House.In the extreme circumstances under which such congressional action might be required, the debate and vote itself could also serve as a powerful incentive to bring an adversary to the negotiating table before nuclear weapons were actually used. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Rogue Iran Is a Global Threat

“Despite the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran remains the most serious threat today to peace and security in the Middle East, if not the world” writes Sajad Jiyad for foreignpolicy.com. Failure to hold Iran in check will not only lead to more terrorism but to the near certainty that the day will come when Iran will openly defy the nuclear agreement.According to some estimates, since July 2015 — when the nuclear agreement was reached — Iran has conducted more than a dozen ballistic missile tests.More…

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Trump sets the stage for new policy toward Iran

“A firm policy is long overdue,” Maryam Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said following Trump’s remarks” writes Amir Basiri for washingtonexaminer.com. Elsewhere, according to three reports by German intelligence, Iran has made dozens of attempts to procure illicit technology that could be used for military nuclear and ballistic missile programs.For years, a policy of appeasement has acted as the main impediment to change in Iran.Iran has also clearly taken advantage of the incentives provided by the deal to pursue its other evil agendas. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share…

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