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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...
U.S. President Joe Biden salutes as he disembarks Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., prior to boarding Air Force One to begin his flight to New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Del., on Feb. 5, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe.

Can Biden’s zeal to deal work better than ‘maximum pressure’?

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If, as a New York Times headline noted, Israel’s reaction to the news that the United States is ready to start talking with Iran was “muted,” there was good reason for the low-key reaction. U.S. Secretary of...
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Credit: Marc Müller via Wikimedia Commons.

Zarif: Iran expects compensation for $1 trillion damage from US sanctions

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday said that the unilateral sanctions that the United States has imposed on his country have cost the Islamic Republic’s economy more than $1 trillion. Tehran expects to...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken meets with U.S. President Joe Biden at the U.S. State Department on Feb. 4, 2021. Credit: U.S. State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha.

Biden administration: Ready to restart talks with Iran on nuclear deal

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The Biden administration made its first major step towards reviving the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, announcing that it has agreed to meet with Iran and other world powers involved in the 2015 agreement. “The...
A meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Germany urges Iran not to block IAEA inspectors from nuclear sites

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A German diplomat said on Tuesday that if Iran follows through on its threat to block International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors’ access to its nuclear sites, the move would be “completely unacceptable.” “We urge Iran to refrain...