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Iran Policy Focus

The nuclear deal with Tehran?

Iran Nuclear images

There are reports and so much fanfare that today or tomorrow an agreement might be reached between the Iranian regime and 5+1. From what has appeared in the media Presidents Obama has already decided to make new concessions only to promote a failed approach with Tehran.

The WSJ report yesterday about secret negotiations with the mullahs and The Daily Beast revelation today that since long ago USG had started to ease sanction on Tehran, signal a dangerous and misguided policy

According to reliable sources Khamenei has authorized the negotiators to make as much conciliatory remarks as they want but the regime’s red lines must be strictly observed. Indeed the relines have been hardened. Accordingly, Tehran will not agree to completely halt enrichment let alone scraping its capability. No sign of reducing the number centrifuges. It will not be required to be transparent on its previous work and any other undeclared nuclear sites in any tangible manner. The regime will not also agree to shipment of all enriched uranium to outside Iran. And would not sign the additional protocol for snap inspection. The regime is of the view that anything short of these would be in their favor since it does not effectively prevent them from obtaining the bomb.


Analysis: Q & A on prospect of change in Iran under Rouhani

Political analysis

Responding to Six Questions on prospect of change in Iran under Rouhani


Since the outcome of the presidential election in Iran a new discussion has once again emerged in the Western Capitals, among the policy makers, foreign policy and national security experts. The core of the discussion is whether the new so called "moderate" president, Hassan Rouhani, would change the clerical regime's principal policies both domestically and internationally and what should be the Western approach. In his first press conference after his inauguration he sent mix messages. Time and again he reiterated desire for "negotiation" and "interaction" but offered no substance suggesting genuine change. On the contrary he demanded the US to act first.



Setting the record straight on Iranian opposition

Soona Samsami, is the representative in the United States, of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

“Delisted Iranian terror group MEK registers to lobby” (May 24) is replete with contradictions. Even the title is a contradiction in terms. When in September 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revoked the long-overdue and politically motivated designation of the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and the broader coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, her lieutenants told journalists, and presumably the author, that the decision to delist was based on “the absence of confirmed acts of terrorism by the MEK for more than a decade.”


Iranian regime nuclear impasse to dominate IAEA board meeting

(AFP) - Iran's defiant expansion of its nuclear programme and 10 failed meetings with the IAEA will dominate a gathering of the UN body's board starting Monday, diplomats and analysts said.


The US State Department must not repeat Kobler’s lies against Iranian refugees in Iraq and set the stage for suppression of the residents

Alejo Vidal Quadras

In recent days, the official media of the totalitarian regime ruling Iran and its affiliated media in Iraq have not been able to hide their happiness regarding recent false statements made by Ms Jones, the acting assistance secretary for Near East affairs, at the Middle East Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress. The Revolutionary Guards Corps news agency known as Fars wrote on May 26 that: “An American official gave news of the opposition of the leaders of the terrorist Mojahedin-e-Khalq organization to their full departure from Iraqi soil… A U.S. State Department official told the Congress that the group’s leaders were not cooperating on departure of their forces from Iraq.”


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