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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Dec. 21, 2017 in The Hague. Credit: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia/Wikimedia Commons.

UN head urges Biden to lift Iran sanctions

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called on the Biden administration to lift sanctions on Iran as stipulated by the 2015 nuclear accord signed between Iran and world powers. In a report to the...
U.S. and Israeli flags. Credit: defenseimagery.mil via Wikimedia Commons.

CUFI survey finds strong bipartisan support for Israel, new sanctions on Iran

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Christians United for Israel (CUFI) released the results of its latest survey this week on American attitudes on Israel, showing that support for Israel and issues important to the survival of the Jewish state still hold...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Credit: mccv/Shutterstock.

Blinken: ‘Hundreds’ of sanctions to remain, even if Iran returns to nuclear-deal compliance

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that “hundreds of sanctions will remain in place,” even if Iran returns to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, Oct. 15, 2015. Credit: Hamed Malekpour via Wikimedia Commons.

Rouhani says US will lift sanctions, official contradicts him on Iran state TV

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that the United States is willing to remove sanctions on the country’s oil, banking and shipping industries that the previous U.S. administration imposed. “The talks in Vienna are...
Negotiations in Vienna over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the existing Iran nuclear deal, May 2021. Source: Enrique Mora/European External Action Service/Twitter.

Biden administration ‘dead set’ on re-entering Iran deal, despite high price

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In recent days, conflicting reports have emerged over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, leading to questions over to what extent the United States will undo Trump-era sanctions against...
Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili, the former chair of Iran's National Security Council, stands ready to negotiate with his interlocutors over the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna. Credit: Iran press.

Prospects for ‘improved’ nuclear deal dim as talks restart in Vienna

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Ahead of the opening of indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States in Vienna through intermediaries, Iran presented a tough and uncompromising stance calling for the lifting of all sanctions if the United...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Credit: mccv/Shutterstock.

US blacklists two Iranian officials, families for human-rights violations

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The U.S. State Department designated two Iranian government interrogators of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Tuesday for their “gross violations of human rights.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement: “I...
IDF Brig. Gen. (res.) Amir Avivi, director of Habithonistim, a group of hawkish former Israeli security personnel, during an interview on March 21, 2018. Source: Screenshot.

1,800 former Israeli generals, service members urge Biden not to return to JCPOA

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A group of 1,800 retired Israeli generals, officers and Mossad operatives have written a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden urging him not to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. In the March...
A billboard displaying Iranian Ayatollahs Ruhollah Khomeini and Ali Khamenei. Credit: erdalislakphotography/Shutterstock.

Iran is fighting two parallel shadow wars, partly to seek retaliation

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Recent events have demonstrated that Iran is engaging in two, parallel “shadow wars”: one against Israel and the second is against the United States. The explosive attack against an Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of...
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) at a townhall in New Hampshire, Jan. 23, 2016. Credit: Flickr/Michael Vadon.

Republican lawmakers step up campaign against sanctions relief for Iran

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Republicans in both houses of Congress introduced a resolution on Wednesday opposing any move by U.S. President Biden and his administration to lift sanctions against Iran. Led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and supported by...