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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...
Official portrait of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Jan 10, 2013. Credit: David Lienemann/White House Photo.

GOP to Biden: Don’t revert to maximum ‘concession’ campaign vis à vis Tehran

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Dozens of Republican lawmakers wrote to U.S. President Joe Biden urging him not to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal. In a letter signed by 51 Republican lawmakers and spearheaded by Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.), they...
Uranium-enrichment centrifuges at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. Credit: Tehran Times.

Iran spins up advanced centrifuges at Natanz enrichment facility

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Iran is now operating two cascades of advanced centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility, with two more to come at its Fordo site, Tehran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on...
Signatures on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran. On the top left side is Persian handwriting by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. July 14, 2015. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Will the US rejoining the Iran nuclear deal be harmful or beneficial?

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One of presidential candidate Joe Biden’s major election promises was a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), a multilaterally negotiated agreement regarding which...
Tony Blinken testifies in front of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his nomination hearing to be U.S. Secretary of State. Source: Screenshot.

Biden nominees stress that US will not be rejoining Iran nuclear deal anytime soon

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Several nominees for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team acknowledged on Tuesday that the United States isn’t ready to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...
Flag of Badr Organization, an Iranian proxy. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

House introduces bill to sanction Iranian terror group

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A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to sanction a top Iranian terror proxy group in Iraq that has targeted U.S. personnel in Baghdad. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) introduced the measure on Thursday...
Iranian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

US sanctions Iranian entity and director over alleged chemical-weapons research

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The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it has sanctioned an Iranian entity and its director over alleged chemical-weapons research. The Shahid Meisami Group and its director, Mehran Babri, were sanctioned for allegedly being involved...