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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...
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...