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U.S. Special Representative to Iran Robert Malley, former CEO of the International Crisis Group and former National Security Council official during the Obama administration. Source: Screenshot.

Malley: US ‘can’t wait forever’ for Iran to rejoin nuclear talks

The United States is prepared to be patient with Iran regarding the negotiations over a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but “can’t wait forever,” according to U.S. Special Representative to...
Petrochemical complexes in Asaluyeh, Iran, Jan. 3, 2016. Credit: Majmood Hosseini via Wikimedia Commons.

Iranian oil minister says country to boost oil exports, despite US sanctions

Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji said on state TV on Wednesday that Iran is determined to increase oil exports, despite U.S. sanctions on crude sales. “There is a strong will in Iran to increase oil...
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House in Washington DC, USA, August 27, 2021. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO

Flattery and empty promises won’t preserve an alliance

The reviews at home were mixed for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with President Joe Biden. Many of those who despise Bennett’s right-wing principles thought he did a good job, while most...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on July 4, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Biden-Bennett talk could signify some positive progress on regional security concerns

Plans for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to hold bilateral meetings at the White House with U.S. President Joe Biden were derailed on Thursday as terrorist attacks near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Aug. 18, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Bennett can’t have it both ways with Biden

It’s hard to figure out what Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meant when he told his Cabinet on Sunday that in his upcoming visit to the White House, he intends to present U.S. President Joe Biden...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett departs for his first official visit to the United States and with U.S. President Joe Biden, Aug. 24, 2021. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

Bennett needs to assure Biden that Israel, US share threats of instability, say Jewish...

The fallout from U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan has taken over news headlines and will likely overshadow the upcoming first in-person meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the...
Japanese Ambassador to Iran Kazutoshi Aikawa and Mahdi Mirashrafi, president of Iran's Customs Administration and deputy finance minister, sign a customs agreement in Tehran on Aug. 22, 2021, in the presence of Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (top left) and his Iranian counterpart (standing, far right) Mohammed Javad Zarif. Credit: Foreign Ministry of Japan.

Iran urges Japan to release billions in frozen assets

Iran has called on Japan to release billions of dollars frozen in the country’s banks due to United States sanctions, Reuters reported on Sunday. The request followed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s meeting in Tehran with Japanese Foreign...
Bahrain's Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa meets Israeli President Isaac Herzog meet in Jerusalem, Aug. 8, 2021. Photo by Mark Neiman/GPO.

Report: Iran deal increased ‘extremism and hatred,’ says top Bahraini official

A senior Bahraini official criticized the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal on Sunday, saying it had “fueled crises across the Middle East.” Speaking during a press briefing in Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdulla...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reviews new nuclear achievements during the country’s National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, April 10, 2021. Credit: Iranian Presidency Office.

Rouhani: Israel ‘took Iran’s nuclear secrets and gave them to Trump’

Outgoing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in his last speech to his cabinet ministers on Monday night that Israel did seize Iran’s nuclear archive, as former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had revealed in...
Negotiations in Vienna over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the existing Iran nuclear deal, May 2021. Source: Enrique Mora/European External Action Service/Twitter.

France: Iran endangering prospects of return to nuclear deal

The French Foreign Ministry warned on Monday that Iran is endangering the possibility of a return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement. “Iran continues to exacerbate the nuclear situation. If it...