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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is set to announce on Monday new sanctions on people and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, to support its assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now resumed, a move key allies such as the Europeans dispute. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. EDT at the State Department along with National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien and several top cabinet members. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross as well as U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Kelly Craft will be joining Pompeo at the news conference which the agency said will be about 'on...
    By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The head of Iran's nuclear agency said Monday that the landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers on his country's atomic program is struggling since the unilateral U.S. withdrawal, but is still worth preserving. Ali Akbar Salehi told delegates at a conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna that the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, has been “caught in a quasi-stalemate situation” since President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out in 2018. The deal promises Iran economic incentives in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. The remaining world powers in the deal — France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia — have been struggling to offset...
    BERLIN (AP) — The head of Iran’s nuclear agency said Monday that the landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers on his country’s atomic program is struggling since the unilateral U.S. withdrawal, but is still worth preserving. Ali Akbar Salehi told delegates at a conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna that the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, has been “caught in a quasi-stalemate situation” since President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out in 2018. The deal promises Iran economic incentives in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. The remaining world powers in the deal — France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia — have been struggling to offset re-imposed American sanctions. Iran has...
    By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia sees "minimal" chances of extending the New START treaty with the United States - the last major nuclear arms pact between the two countries - because it does not accept conditions set out by Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. His comments came after Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, told a Russian newspaper that Moscow must accept a joint agreement with the United States on extending the treaty before the U.S. presidential election in November. "I suspect that after President Trump wins re-election, if Russia has not taken up our offer, that the price of admission, as we would say in the...
    BERLIN – The head of Iran's nuclear agency said Monday that the landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers on his country's atomic program is struggling since the unilateral U.S. withdrawal, but is still worth preserving. Ali Akbar Salehi told delegates at a conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna that the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, has been “caught in a quasi-stalemate situation” since President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out in 2018. The deal promises Iran economic incentives in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. The remaining world powers in the deal — France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia — have been struggling to offset re-imposed American sanctions. Iran has been...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday. Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the U.S. dollar at money exchange shops across Tehran. The rial has lost more than 30% of its value to the dollar since June as sweeping U.S. sanctions on Iran continue to crush its ability to sell oil globally. Iran’s currency was at 32,000 rials to the dollar at the time of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which was signed by the Obama administration but which the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of. As the...
    Mike Pompeo declared that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored – Reuter The Trump administration declared on Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the UN Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8pm Eastern Time. That is 30 days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the council that Iran was in “significant non-performance” with its obligations under the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “The United States took this...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the U.N. Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. That is 30 days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the council that Iran was in “significant non-performance” with its obligations under the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. “The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the U.N. Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. That is 30 days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the council that Iran was in “significant non-performance” with its obligations under the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. “The United States took this decisive action...
    (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday evening that the US has reimposed UN sanctions against Iran, a move expected to be effectively ignored by global allies and adversaries alike.The latest move is the latest in the "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran -- one that has left the US largely isolated. It comes after the administration failed to extend the conventional weapons embargo set to expire next month under the Iran nuclear deal."The United States expects all UN Member States to fully comply with their obligations to implement these measures. In addition to the arms embargo, this includes restrictions such as the ban on Iran engaging in enrichment and reprocessing-related activities, the prohibition on ballistic missile testing and development by...
    Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters The US will break with almost every other UN security council member state including its closest allies on Saturday night by declaring UN sanctions back in effect on Iran. Administration officials say they will launch a raft of new punitive measures on Monday, which some observers believe may be aimed at seeking to provoke a confrontation with Tehran in the run up to the US election. The Trump administration has said it will consider UN sanctions, mostly involving the arms trade, as having resumed at midnight GMT on Saturday night, and has threatened to take new measures to enforce them. The sanctions were suspended in 2015 following a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran in July that...
    Voters in November’s presidential election will choose how the United States deals with Iran and its nuclear capabilities, according to multiple government officials and experts across the Middle East. And as President Donald Trump’s administration is set to reimpose a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran on Saturday night, despite opposition from Europe, there are fresh concerns over regional stability. President Barack Obama and the leaders of several other major powers signed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — which stated that “Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.” Trump, a long-standing critic of the deal, unilaterally pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018. Joe Biden, meanwhile, has...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington’s move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next: WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington's move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next: WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING?...
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran - agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal - would continue beyond Sept. 20, when the United States asserts that all the measures should be reimposed. In a letter to the 15-member body, seen by Reuters, the three European parties to the nuclear deal said any decision or action taken to reimpose U.N. sanctions "would be incapable of legal effect." (Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By MATTHEW LEE and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In defiance of overwhelming opposition, the United States is preparing to declare that all international sanctions against Iran have been restored. Few countries believe the move is legal, and such action could provoke a credibility crisis at the United Nations. Virtually alone in the world, the Trump administration will announce on Saturday that U.N. sanctions on Iran eased under the 2015 nuclear deal are back in force. But the other members of the U.N. Security Council, including U.S. allies, disagree and have vowed to ignore the step. That sets the stage for ugly confrontations as the world body prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary at a coronavirus-restricted General...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In defiance of overwhelming opposition, the United States is preparing to declare that all international sanctions against Iran have been restored. Few countries believe the move is legal, and such action could provoke a credibility crisis at the United Nations. Virtually alone in the world, the Trump administration will announce on Saturday that U.N. sanctions on Iran eased under the 2015 nuclear deal are back in force. But the other members of the U.N. Security Council, including U.S. allies, disagree and have vowed to ignore the step. That sets the stage for ugly confrontations as the world body prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary at a coronavirus-restricted General Assembly session next week. The question is how the...
    Reuters September 16, 2020 0 Comments The United States said on Wednesday it plans to impose sanctions on those who violate a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, which Washington says will now stay in place instead of expiring in October as agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal. U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran Elliott Abrams said Washington could deny access to the U.S. market to anyone who trades in weapons with Iran, which President Donald Trump’s administration accuses of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied it is developing nuclear weapons. In 2018 Trump quit the Iran nuclear deal – under which Tehran limited its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief – and reimposed U.S. sanctions....
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned that the U.S. will “do all the things we need to do” to ensure the snapback of U.N. sanctions on Iran -- even as the move appears not to have the support of allies at the Security Council. “As for the actions that we will take, the U.N. will take the sanctions it always does, these will be valid U.N. Security Council resolutions and the United States will do what it always does, it will do its share as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East, we’ll do all the things we need to do to ensure that those sanctions are enforced,” Pompeo said at a  press...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — On Sept. 12, the world saw again the true face of the Iranian regime. Despite a global campaign to spare the life of a 27-year old wrestling champion named Navid Afkari, he was executed after being forced to confess a crime he didn’t commit. Afkari was one of tens of thousands of Iranians who took to the streets in 2018 in protest of a corrupt regime. He was arrested and, after being tortured, confessed to killing a security official, despite some video evidence that clears him of the crime. It’s not surprising that former Vice President Joe Biden would condemn Iran for Afkari’s death, as he did on Twitter the day it happened. But Biden’s tweet won’t...
    The head of UN’s nuclear watchdog said Monday that inspectors would “in a few days” visit the second of two sites in Iran where undeclared nuclear activity may have taken place in the early 2000s. Iran’s refusal to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to the two sites had caused a diplomatic row for months. This had further strained efforts to save the 2015 landmark Iran nuclear deal, which has hung by a thread since the US pulled out of it in 2018. The accord promises Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear programme, but Tehran has stepped up nuclear activities since last year after the US reimposed sanctions. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said a...
    BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency told board members on Monday he is hopeful Iran’s decision to let inspectors in to two disputed sites could lead to greater trust with Tehran. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in late August secured an agreement with Iran to inspect the two sites where the country is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material and possibly having conducted nuclear-related activities. The agreement, which came after Grossi personally visited Tehran to meet with Iranian leaders, ended a months-long impasse over two locations thought to be from the early 2000s. Iran had been permitting IAEA inspectors in to current nuclear sites agreed upon...
    BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency told board members on Monday he is hopeful Iran’s decision to let inspectors in to two disputed sites could lead to greater trust with Tehran. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in late August secured an agreement with Iran to inspect the two sites where the country is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material and possibly having conducted nuclear-related activities. The agreement, which came after Grossi personally visited Tehran to meet with Iranian leaders, ended a months-long impasse over two locations thought to be from the early 2000s. Iran had been permitting IAEA inspectors in to current nuclear sites agreed upon...
    Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran – Anadolu Tory MPs have accused the EU of “appeasing” Iran and called on the Government to use Brexit as an opportunity to impose sanctions on the Islamic republic. Likening the nuclear deal Brussels signed with Iran to “appeasement”, they claim “the erratic and provocative conduct of Tehran” is justification for Britain to take a tougher stance like the US. Former Brexit minister David Jones and Bob Blackman, the executive secretary of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, are leading the calls amid growing concerns over human rights abuses by Tehran’s totalitarian regime. Writing for The Telegraph, Mr Jones, a former Welsh Secretary, said: “While still a member of the EU, Britain helped...
    (CNN)When Donald Trump ran for President, he promised a "better deal" to constrain Iran's nuclear program and pledged to pressure Tehran into curbing its aggressive behavior across the Middle East. Like so many of President Trump's promises, these proved to be just empty words. Instead, he recklessly tossed away a policy that was working to keep America safe and replaced it with one that has worsened the threat. Joe BidenThis past month has proven that Trump's Iran policy is a dangerous failure. At the United Nations, Trump could not rally a single one of America's closest allies to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran. Next, Trump tried to unilaterally reimpose UN sanctions on Iran, only to have virtually...
    Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At Responsible Statecraft, Matthew Petti writes—Progressives urge House Dems to help Biden save the Iran nuclear deal that Donald Trump has done everything he can to destroy: Sixteen progressive groups have signed a letter urging the next House Foreign Affairs Committee chair to help a “potential Biden administration” save the nuclear deal with Iran. All three candidates to run the committee — one of two powerful foreign policy bodies in Congress — have voiced their support for the deal. Progressives are now asking for specific commitments from the candidates, including a promise to put economic sanctions relief on the table and stop any “poison...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed Thursday that President Donald Trump has “put Israel in danger” — even as more and more Arab and Muslim states make peace with the Jewish state. Biden was addressing a fundraiser held by J Street, a far-left, George Soros-backed organization that opposes the Israeli government. J Street styles itself as “pro-peace,” but opposes the Trump administration’s peace plan for the Middle East, calling it the “Trump Peace Sham.” In his remarks to J Street, Biden reportedly claimed that “Trump has put Israel in danger by tearing up the Iran nuclear deal,” and that he has “has undermined the stability of self-determination for the Palestinians, undercutting hope for a viable two-state solution any chance that he...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — The Trump administration’s policy toward Iran seems increasingly guided by the desire to look tough between now and November’s election, regardless of the long-term harm its maneuvers are doing to U.S. interests. Its latest initiative is to try and force the so-called snapback of international sanctions against Iran — under the terms of an agreement the U.S. earlier chose to abandon. This approach is unlikely to succeed and threatens only to drive yet another wedge between America and its friends. Last month, President Trump and his team failed to persuade the United Nations Security Council to extend a conventional arms embargo on Iran. Instead, they are seeking to achieve the same end by invoking a provision of...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Tuesday it is building a sophisticated new building near its underground Natanz nuclear site, state TV reported. The report quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the country’s nuclear department, as saying the new structure is being built in the wake of a July explosion that damaged a building that housed centrifuge machines. “Regarding the evil action and sabotage that was carried out, it has been decided to establish a more modern, vaster and inclusive (building) to be constructed in the heart of the mountains around Natanz,” Salehi was quoted as saying. Last month, Iran said it found those who were involved in the alleged sabotage but said details will be released later. Natanz hosts...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Tuesday it is building a sophisticated new building near its underground Natanz nuclear site, state TV reported. The report quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the country’s nuclear department, as saying the new structure is being built in the wake of a July explosion that damaged a building that housed centrifuge machines. “Regarding the evil action and sabotage that was carried out, it has been decided to establish a more modern, vaster and inclusive (building) to be constructed in the heart of the mountains around Natanz,” Salehi was quoted as saying. Last month, Iran said it found those who were involved in the alleged sabotage but said details will be released later. Natanz hosts...
    Iranians are carefully watching the U.S. presidential election campaign because they know their own future is on the line. But while two factions of the Islamist regime are campaigning against each other in advance of their own nation’s June 2021 presidential election, they clearly agree on one thing: both hope former Vice President Joe Biden is elected president of the United States in November. The Trump administration’s sanctions have severely battered the Iranian economy. The Iranian recession is entering its third year, while the value of the nation’s currency has depreciated a stunning 84 percent from its high point. Biden and his foreign policy advisers have pledged to reenter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that President Trump has withdrawn from. If Biden is elected and does...
    A nuclear watchdog employed by the United Nations has warned in a report released on Friday that Iran’s stockpiles of enriched uranium are more than 10 times the limit that had been mandated in the 2015 International Treaty. According to the Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claimed that Iran has a total of 2,105.4 kilograms of low-enriched uranium as of August 25. This is a stark increase from its levels reported on May 20, which were calculated as 1,571.6 kilograms. This is a massive breach of the treaty spearheaded by then-President Barack Obama in 2015. Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the terms included a limit of 202.8 kilograms allowed for Iran’s stockpile —...
    The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Friday that Iran had granted its inspectors access to one of two sites where undeclared nuclear activity may have taken place in the early 2000s. “Iran provided Agency inspectors access to the location to take environmental samples,” an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report seen by AFP said. “The samples will be analysed by laboratories that are part of the Agency’s network,” it added. One diplomatic source told AFP the results of this analysis could take up to three months. An inspection at the second site will take place “later in September 2020,” the report said. Iran had denied the agency access earlier this year, prompting the IAEA’s board of governors to pass a resolution in...
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), nuclear watchdog for the United Nations, reported on Friday that Iran has a stockpile of uranium over ten times the limit set by the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “The limit was set at 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of enriched uranium in a particular compound form, which is the equivalent of 202.8 kg of uranium. Measured against the latter figure, Iran’s stockpile now stands at over 2,105 kg,” AFP reported. According to the IAEA report, Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium is still growing, and it has made preparations to install advanced uranium centrifuges that would violate the nuclear deal. Iran declared in September 2019 that it...
    VIENNA (AP) — Iran continues to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium in violation of limitations set in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but has begun providing access to sites where the country was suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency said Friday. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press that Iran as of Aug. 25 had stockpiled 2,105.4 kilograms (2.32 tons) of low-enriched uranium, up from 1,571.6 kilograms (1.73 tons) last reported on May 20. Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia. Known as the Joint...
    VIENNA (AP) — UN atomic watchdog: Iran continues to increase stockpile of enriched uranium in violation of limits set in nuclear deal. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday hailed the show of unity by parties to a 2015 nuclear deal, after they defeated US efforts to restore international sanctions. Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia — dubbed the “4+1” — are struggling to save the accord after the United States withdrew from it in 2018. Washington unilaterally reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic. Iran has stepped up its nuclear activities in the past year in retaliation for Washington’s pullout from the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. “Fortunately, yesterday in Vienna, the 4+1 clearly stated that they stand by the JCPOA and that America does not have the right to misuse it,” Rouhani said in remarks...
    Signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal argued that the U.S. could not unilaterally enforce sanctions on Iran for allegedly breaking the terms of the 2015 agreement, because the U.S. broke from the deal in May 2018. At a meeting today, the governments still part of the nuclear agreement  -- the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, China, Iran and the European Union --  said the United States surrendered its authority in 2018 when it left the deal.  “Participants reaffirmed that the United States unilaterally announced its cessation of participation in the JCPoA on 8 May 2018 and that it had not participated in any JCPoA-related activities subsequently,” the European Union said in a statement Tuesday referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...
    BERLIN (AP) — Representatives of Iran and the world powers working to save the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran held talks Tuesday in Vienna in their first meeting since the United States announced a bid to restore United Nations sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Heading into the quarterly meeting, Iranian representative Abbas Araghchi said the U.S. move will “definitely be an important discussion” in his talks with delegates from France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China. President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action unilaterally in 2018, saying that it was a bad deal and needed to be renegotiated. The deal promises Iran economic incentives in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program,...
    The signatories to the faltering Iran nuclear deal kicked off a meeting in Vienna on Tuesday as the United States is bidding to restore international sanctions on the Islamic republic and extend an arms embargo. Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are struggling to save the landmark 2015 accord with Iran, which has been progressively stepping up its nuclear activities since last year. Tehran insists it is entitled to do so under the deal — which swapped sanctions relief for Iran’s agreement to scale back its nuclear programme — following the US withdrawal from the accord in 2018 and the reimposition of sanctions. In a boost to Tuesday’s talks, the Iranian atomic energy last week agreed to allow inspectors of...
            by David Rising  BERLIN, Germany (AP) — Iran has agreed to allow inspectors in to two sites where the country is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the U.N. atomic watchdog agency said Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran was “voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve the issues.” In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, meets Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi at the presidency office in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. The U.N. nuclear watchdog...
    Iran today reached an agreement for the UN nuclear watchdog to examine two sites in the country suspected of harbouring undeclared nuclear matter. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Tehran was 'voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve the issues.'  But in the IAEA's report from June, the agency had referred to three sites rather than two and described how demolition and cleansing of the facilities had rendered any such investigation useless.  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who on Wednesday met with the IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, said the visit had produced a 'good agreement that can help for moving on a correct and proper path...
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says Tehran has agreed to allow inspectors in to two sites where Iran is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that Iran was “voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve the issues.” It said in a joint statement with Iran that the dates for the inspections had been agreed, but did not say when they would take place. Iran had been resisting providing access to the sites, which are thought to be from the early 2000s, before it signed the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, maintaining...
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says Tehran has agreed to allow inspectors in to two sites where Iran is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that Iran was “voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve the issues.” It said in a joint statement with Iran that the dates for the inspections had been agreed, but did not say when they would take place. Iran had been resisting providing access to the sites, which are thought to be from the early 2000s, before it signed the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, maintaining...
    VIENNA, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran said on Wednesday they have reached an agreement on granting the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspectors access to two suspected former secret nuclear sites after a months-long standoff. “Iran is voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA,” IAEA chief Rafael Grossi and Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said in a joint statement. “Dates for the IAEA access and the verification activities have been agreed.” (Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
    The UN Security Council has blocked a controversial bid by the US to trigger the "snapback" of all sanctions on Iran lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal. Indonesia's permanent representative, who holds the rotating presidency, said many of the 15 member states contested the move because the US withdrew from the accord two years ago. The US envoy accused them of "standing in the company of terrorists". Iran's foreign minister said "lawless bullying" had left the US isolated. The Trump administration attempted to initiate the snapback process last week, after the security council rejected a draft US resolution that would have extended indefinitely an arms embargo on Iran due to expire in mid-October. Under the nuclear deal, the P5+1...
    NEW YORK - The president of the U.N. Security Council said Tuesday there is no consensus for restoring international sanctions on Iran in the 15-member council and that he would take no further action on a U.S. demand to re-impose them.   “It is clear for me that there is one member, which has a particular position on the issue, while there are significant numbers of members who have contrasting views,” said Council President Indonesian Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani. “In my view, there is no consensus in the council. Thus, the president is not in the position to take further action.”   Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to New York and personally notified the United Nations that the...
    Daniel L. Davis is a Senior Fellow for Defense Priorities and a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who retired in 2015 after 21 years, including four combat deployments. Follow him @DanielLDavis1. In a series of entirely predictable moves, after the UN Security Council (UNSC) rejected Washington’s proposed resolution to extend a conventional arms ban on Iran, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would soon unilaterally extend the sanctions anyway. These unnecessary actions decrease America’s diplomatic leverage, increase the risk of war in the Middle East, and continue to degrade our influence even among our staunchest allies. The so-called strategy of maximum pressure against Tehran has been–and continues to be–an abject diplomatic failure for our country. It should...
    DUBAI, Aug 25 (Reuters) – If the United Sates wants an agreement with Iran, first it should return to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six powers that the nuclear deal that Washington abandoned two years ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.
    DUBAI (Reuters) - If the United States wants an agreement with Iran, it must first come back to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with six powers that Washington abandoned two years ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. "Washington's maximum pressure policy on Iran has failed 100%...If Washington wants an agreement with us, then they should apologise for exiting the deal and return to it," Rouhani told a televised news conference. Long-tense relations between the two adversaries have almost come to blows since 2018 when U.S. President Donald Trump ditched the deal reached by his predecessor Barack Obama and reimposed sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. In response to what Washington calls its “maximum pressure” campaign to force Iran...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency arrived in Iran on Monday to press for access to sites where authorities are thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material. The visit comes as the U.S. is pushing to “snapback” U.N. sanctions on Iran for allegedly violating its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from more than two years ago. Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the other signatories to the deal, have declared the U.S. action illegal, saying it can’t withdraw from a deal and then use the U.N. resolution that endorsed it to re-impose sanctions. Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will meet...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran won’t accept any additional demands beyond its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, the country’s top nuclear official declared Tuesday as the chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog was visiting Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported. Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Iran on Monday to press for access to sites where authorities are thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material. The visit comes as the U.S. is pushing to “snapback” U.N. sanctions on Iran for allegedly violating the nuclear deal with world powers, which the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from two years ago. The IAEA repeatedly found Iran in compliance with the agreement until last...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog's chief Rafael Grossi arrived in Iran on Monday, Iranian state TV reported, as he seeks access for inspectors to two suspected former atomic sites after a months-long standoff between Tehran and the body. Tehran said Grossi's visit would "strengthen ties and build trust" between Tehran and the IAEA. However, in a statement on Saturday, Grossi said he would address "the outstanding questions, in particular, the issue of the access". "As long as the IAEA moves based on impartiality, independence and distances itself from political pressure of another countries, there will be no problems between the IAEA and Tehran," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters, state TV reported. A senior Iranian nuclear...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s constitutional watchdog on Monday set June 18 as date for the country’s next presidential election, a vote that will choose the successor to President Hassan Rouhani who has served two four-year terms in office. The watchdog, the Guardian Council, approved the date, Iranian election headquarters chief Jamal Orf told the official IRNA news agency. Candidates hoping to run in the balloting are to apply in early April for approval; the final list is to be announced in early June. Under Iranian law, an incumbent president cannot run for a third term if he has already served for two consecutive terms in office. Rouhani was first elected in 2013 and reelected four years later. Rouhani has...
    (CNN)The impending peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is a game-changer for the entire Middle East.In addition to wedding one of world's wealthiest states (the UAE) with its most innovative (Israel), it also opens new avenues toward peace. Realizing that other Arab states may soon follow the UAE's lead, and that time is no longer on their side, the Palestinians may well return to the negotiating table. Michael OrenAn Israeli public that is secure in its newfound relations with the Arab world will be more likely to make concessions. Stalemated for almost 30 years, the peace process might finally be revived.More than its economic and diplomatic potential, though, the UAE-Israel accord is of immense strategic value. It...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday that an upcoming visit this week by the head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency to Tehran has nothing to do with a U.S. push to impose so-called “snapback” sanctions on Iran. The Trump administration last week dismissed near-universal opposition to its demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown for the “snapback” of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers had begun. U.S. allies and foes have joined forces to declare the action illegal and doomed to failure. The U.S. argues that Iran has violated the restrictions imposed on its nuclear program under the 2015 deal, a charge Tehran has dismissed. Iran’s...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday that an upcoming visit this week by the head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency to Tehran has nothing to do with a U.S. push to impose so-called “snapback” sanctions on Iran. The Trump administration last week dismissed near-universal opposition to its demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown for the “snapback” of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers had begun. U.S. allies and foes have joined forces to declare the action illegal and doomed to failure. The U.S. argues that Iran has violated the restrictions imposed on its nuclear program under the 2015 deal, a charge Tehran has dismissed. Iran’s...
    The head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog will go to Tehran to meet with Iranian authorities and urge them to grant the agency access to a number of suspected sites of undeclared nuclear material, the agency announced Saturday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Director General Rafael Grossi, who took the position in December, will make his first visit to Iran on Monday at a time as the U.S. is ramping up pressure on Tehran and calling for the international community to get tougher against the regime’s nuclear ambitions. US FORMALLY MOVES TO RESTORE UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN, AS POMPEO PROMISES 'AMERICA WILL NOT APPEASE'  “I have decided to come personally to Tehran so that I can reinforce the importance...
    US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposes converting the American power grid entirely to renewable energy within just 10 years. California and New York have pledged to stop using fossil fuels to make electricity within 25 years or less, even as they shut down carbon-free nuclear plants. And Joe Biden’s $2 trillion “Environmental Justice” platform promises to produce a “100 percent clean energy economy” by 2050. These plans are all founded on the idea that wind and solar power can smoothly replace our existing energy sources. And that’s simply not true. Energy plans that rely primarily on wind and solar carry two risks: They drive up the cost of energy, thereby hamstringing the economy. At the same time, they...
    The director of the UN’s atomic watchdog group is heading to Iran next week to press the country’s leaders to access nuclear storage sites, according to reports. The visit by Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will focus on access to sites from before the country signed an international treaty in 2015 promising to limit its nuclear activities and allow international inspectors into the country in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions. The deal was signed amid international concerns that Iran was secretly developing a nuclear weapon. President Trump pulled the US out of the accord in 2018, and since then the other signatories — France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany — have been trying to...
    By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s atomic watchdog agency will head to Tehran next week to press Iranian authorities for access to sites where the country is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the organization said Saturday. It will be the first visit to Iran of International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi since he took office last December, and comes amid intense international pressure on the country over its nuclear program. The focus will be on access to sites thought to be from the early 2000s, before Iran signed the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran maintains the IAEA inspectors have no legal basis to inspect the...
    BERLIN (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency will head to Tehran next week to press Iranian authorities for access to sites where the country is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the organization said Saturday. It will be the first visit to Iran of International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi since he took office last December, and comes amid intense international pressure on the country over its nuclear program. The focus will be on access to sites thought to be from the early 2000s, before Iran signed the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran maintains the IAEA inspectors have no legal basis to inspect the sites. “My objective is that...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday dismissed near universal opposition to its demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown for the “snapback” of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal had begun. U.S. allies and foes have joined forces to declare the action illegal and doomed to failure, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook strongly disagreed and questioned the motives of those who object. Opponents say the U.S. lost the standing to trigger snapback when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018. Pompeo and Hook maintain that the United States retains that right and doesn’t need permission to use it....
    By EDITH M. LEDERER and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday dismissed near universal opposition to its demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown for the “snapback” of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal had begun. U.S. allies and foes have joined forces to declare the action illegal and doomed to failure, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook strongly disagreed and questioned the motives of those who object. Opponents say the U.S. lost the standing to trigger snapback when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018. Pompeo and Hook maintain that the United States retains...
    Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – SUPREME LEADER OFFICE/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Iran has offered to allow UN nuclear inspectors to visit two controversial nuclear sites as part of its diplomatic charm offensive to have the international arms embargo against Tehran lifted, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN-sponsored body responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities, has been highly critical of the Iranian regime over its refusal to cooperate with inspectors over claims that it has undertaken illicit activities at two nuclear facilities. The IAEA took the unprecedented step earlier this year of issuing a special report publicly rebuking Iran for its non-cooperation on a number of key nuclear issues, and denying inspectors access to two key Iranian nuclear installations at Marivan and...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally demanded Thursday the Security Council restore U.N. sanctions on Iran. The U.K., France and Germany — all allies of the U.S. — are rejecting the Trump administration’s demand to restore U.N. sanctions on Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally made that demand to the U.N. Security Council Thursday, citing Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal. “Our message is very, very simple. The United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons. These U.N. sanctions will continue the arms embargo,” Pompeo said.  It’s called a “snapback” procedure. Any country participating in the 2015 nuclear accord can...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister in a letter to the U.N. Security Council said the U.S. has no right to demand the restoration of U.N. sanctions against Iran, the Foreign Ministry's website said Friday. Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. lost the right to make demands in 2018 when it withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers. He also said America's unilateral pullout violated a U.N. resolution that required signatories to avoid any damage to the deal. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday officially informed the U.N. it is demanding the restoration of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, but allies and opponents declared the U.S. action illegal and doomed to failure. Pompeo...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister in a letter to the U.N. Security Council said the U.S. has no right to demand the restoration of U.N. sanctions against Iran, the Foreign Ministry’s website said Friday. Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. lost the right to make demands in 2018 when it withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers. He also said America’s unilateral pullout violated a U.N. resolution that required signatories to avoid any damage to the deal. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday officially informed the U.N. it is demanding the restoration of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, but allies and opponents declared the U.S. action illegal and doomed to failure. Pompeo...
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of "siding with the ayatollahs" after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran. The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger "snapback" sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. The US has controversially initiated a process at the UN Security Council to reinstate the UN sanctions. They were lifted under the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement. "No country but the United States has had the courage and conviction to put forward a resolution. Instead, they chose to side with the ayatollahs," Mr Pompeo said after formally submitting a complaint accusing Iran of non-compliance with the...
    (Adds details on snapback procedure) By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday triggered a process aimed at restoring all U.N. sanctions on Iran after the U.N. Security Council rejected a U.S. bid to extend a conventional arms embargo on the country. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that seeks to prevent Tehran...
    President Trump’s move to reimpose full United Nations sanctions on Iran in order to extend an arms embargo on the Islamic Republic scheduled to expire in October is a wise move, despite the opposition of European nations, Russia and China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Thursday at the United Nations: "The United States will never allow the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons. … These U.N. sanctions will continue the arms embargo." However, foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany issued a joint statement Thursday saying they don’t support the move by the U.S. to snapback sanctions on Iran under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal...
    NEW YORK - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally notified the United Nations on Thursday that the United States is initiating a “snapback” of all international sanctions on Iran dating back to 2006.    “Our message is very, very simple,” Pompeo told reporters at the U.N. “The United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks and missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons. These U.N. sanctions will continue the arms embargo.”   He said President Donald Trump and his administration had “discarded the fiction” that Iran merely seeks a peaceful nuclear program.   “We will never allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” he...
    (CNN)The Trump administration was left isolated on the world stage as foreign allies and competitors alike rejected its demand to restore UN sanctions on Iran Thursday. Despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the US has "every capacity" under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which enshrined the international agreement, to trigger so-called snapback sanctions, because the US was initially a party to the deal."We have every capacity under 2231 to do this," Pompeo said, speaking Thursday to reporters during his visit to the United Nations, where he formally notified the UN that the Trump administration was initiating the process to reinstate...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday began the process to “snapback” U.N. sanctions on Iran, promising that “America will not appease” and taking aim at European allies who he accused of endangering their people. “Our message is very, very simple, the United States will never allow the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes tanks missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons,” he said at a press conference outside the U.N. Security Council. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO TRIGGER 'SNAPBACK' OF UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? The U.S. triggered the “snapback” mechanism nearly a week after an effort by the U.S. to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo on Iran failed at the U.N. Security Council...
    Recent provocations by Iran show that the United States should reimpose sanctions on the Middle Eastern theocracy, Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Pregent told "Your World" Thursday. This week, Iran unveiled two new cruise missiles -- including one that Iranian state media claimed could bypass enemy defense systems, likely a reference to Israel. "It's basically what the regime's been doing for 40 years," Pregent told host Neil Cavuto. "It’s going to get worse ... That’s why snapback sanctions are so important. And that’s why it’s important for our allies to work together and for more countries to probably sign onto this peace deal with Israel," he said, referring to the recent agreement between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO TRIGGER 'SNAPBACK' OF UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN: WHAT...
    The United States formally began the process Thursday of activating a controversial mechanism aimed at reimposing sanctions on Iran, a move that was immediately rejected by European allies fighting to save the Iranian nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Britain, France and Germany of “siding with the ayatollahs” after they insisted Washington had no legal right to trigger the disputed procedure called “snapback.” Pompeo personally submitted a letter to the president of the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, accusing Iran of “significant” non-compliance with the terms of the 2015 historic accord, according to a copy seen by AFP. It is intended to launch the start of the process to snapback sanctions on Iran...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally demanded on Thursday that crippling international sanctions be reinstated against Iran. “The process to re-impose sanctions on Iran begins,” he said in a tweet. “Today I hand-delivered a letter to @UN Security Council President Dian Triansyah Djani to formally notify the Council of something we all know too well—Iran’s failure to meet its commitments under the terrible nuclear deal.” The process to re-impose sanctions on Iran begins. Today I hand-delivered a letter to @UN Security Council President Dian Triansyah Djani to formally notify the Council of something we all know too well—Iran’s failure to meet its commitments under the terrible nuclear deal. pic.twitter.com/MltLupj7lg — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 20, 2020 Members of the E3...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo initiated the snapback of international sanctions on Iran, over the objections of European allies who maintain that the United States has no legal right to do so. “These UN sanctions will continue the arms embargo,” Pompeo said at the United Nations, referring to the ban that is scheduled to expire in October pursuant to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal. “No country but the United States has had the courage and conviction to put forward a resolution.” That maneuver fulfills a threat that Pompeo has made repeatedly over the last year, as he sought to persuade the United Nations Security Council to prevent the expiration of the arms embargo. And it exacerbates...
    The United States is moving to reissue a full round of U.N. sanctions against Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday, in the Trump administration’s latest move to erase the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo said the U.S. will issue the sanctions to essentially extend an arms embargo on Iran, even after the United Nations Security Council voted to let the arms embargo expire this fall. Pompeo had expressed his intention to reapply sanctions Wednesday by invoking a snapback measure in the deal negotiated by the Obama administration that allows participants to reimpose sanctions on Iran. “The United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles and other...
    Reuters August 20, 2020 0 Comments The United States moved to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran on Thursday, arguing Tehran was in violation of a nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 even though Washington itself abandoned that agreement two years ago. The United States submitted a letter to the 15-member U.N. Security Council accusing Tehran of non-compliance, in theory starting a 30-day process that could lead to the “snapback” of U.N. sanctions even though major powers such as Russia reject the U.S. stance and say they will not restore the U.N. measures. Iran itself rejected the U.S. move, taken in part because of the impending October expiration of a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran, arguing...
    The Trump administration on Thursday formally notified the United Nations of its demand for all U.N. sanctions on Iran to be restored, setting off an immediate confrontation with Russia and other Security Council members who called the U.S. move illegal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the notification to the president of the U.N. Security Council, citing significant Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal, a requirement to “snap back” U.N. sanctions. Pompeo tweeted, “The United States is determined to make sure that the Iranian regime doesn’t have the capacity to inflict even more harm on the world.” Russian deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky shot back: “Looks like there are 2 planets. A fictional dog-eat-dog one where US pretends it can...
    The move would restore international sanctions against Tehran that were lifted as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to tell the United Nations Security Council the U.S. will unilaterally reimpose all international sanctions against Iran.  “My administration will not allow this Iran nuclear situation to go on. They will never have a nuclear weapon,” President Donald Trump said. It’s called a “snapback” procedure. Any country participating in the 2015 nuclear accord can move to restore sanctions if Tehran fails to comply with the deal. And under a binding U.N. resolution, Russia and China would not be able to veto the move.  But here’s the key detail: President Donald Trump pulled the U.S....
    A missile unveiled by Iran is launched in an unknown location in Iran in this picture received by Reuters on August 20, 2020.WANA News Agency | via Reuters WASHINGTON — Iran unveiled a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile on Thursday, a move likely to peeve Washington as the Trump administration attempts to rein in the regime's missile and nuclear weapon ambitions. Iran's defense minister Amir Hatami said in a televised address that the missile has a range of approximately 870 miles and that it was named after Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Hatami also said the regime had a new cruise missile boasting a range more than 620 miles and was named after Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Soleimani and Mahdi al-Muhandis were...
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to the UN Thursday to activate a controversial mechanism aimed at reimposing international sanctions on Iran, in a disputed move that threatens the Iranian nuclear deal. Pompeo will tell the Security Council president, currently Indonesia, at a 2:00 pm (1600 GMT) meeting that the US is triggering the so-called “snapback” procedure, which its European allies are set to contest. The move widens the gulf between the US and the other permanent members of the Security Council on Iran policy that began when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord with Tehran in 2018. The procedure, never before used, comes after the US suffered a humiliating defeat at the Security Council last week...
    Kim Jong Un has promoted his sister to second-in-command of North Korea, according to South Korea's spy agency.  Kim Yo Jong, 32, is now in charge of North Korean policy towards the US and South Korea, effectively making her his de-facto deputy, spy chiefs said. Her brother still maintains 'absolute authority' over North Korea, but has delegated some responsibilities to help him deal with the 'stress' of ruling, it was claimed. The report comes months after 36-year-old Kim disappeared from public view for 21 days, amid speculation he was seriously ill. Kim Jong Un has promoted his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, to become his de-facto second in command and help deal with the 'stress' of leadership, South...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen at United Nations Headquarters in a March 6, 2020, file photo in New York City.  David Dee Delgado/Getty United Nations — The U.N. was set for a tough conversation on Thursday. The United States was expected to face stiff resistance to a bid to use the Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration abandoned to get harsh international sanctions on Tehran re-imposed. The administration has made a flagship issue of scrapping the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Since withdrawing from the deal two years ago, the White House has put the Islamic Republic under "maximum pressure" with a raft of unilateral sanctions, aimed at forcing it to halt its nuclear program and support...
    Iran displayed a surface-to-surface ballistic missile on Thursday with a range of 870 miles and a new cruise missile, ignoring U.S. demands that Tehran halt its missile programme. 'The surface-to-surface missile, called martyr Qassem Soleimani, has a range of 1,400 km and the cruise missile, called martyr Abu Mahdi, has a range of over 1,000 km,' Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in a televised speech. Pictures of the missiles were shown on state TV, which it said was 'the newest Iranian cruise missile that will further strengthen Iran's deterrence power'. A new cruise missile unveiled by Iran and called martyr Abu Mahdi is seen in an unknown location in Iran on August 20 A missile unveiled by Iran...
    By MATTHEW LEE, DEB RIECHMANN and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to demand the restoration of all international sanctions on Iran in a move that will further isolate the U.S. at the United Nations, test the credibility of the U.N. Security Council and possibly deal a fatal blow to one of former President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements. At President Donald Trump’s direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to New York on Thursday to notify the world body that the U.S. is invoking the “snapback” mechanism in the Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to demand the restoration of all international sanctions on Iran in a move that will further isolate the U.S. at the United Nations, test the credibility of the U.N. Security Council and possibly deal a fatal blow to one of former President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements. At President Donald Trump’s direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to New York on Thursday to notify the world body that the U.S. is invoking the “snapback” mechanism in the Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran,” Trump said on Wednesday. “It’s...