Netanyahu thanks U.S. for new Iran policy outlined by Pompeo

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on Monday outlining the 12 steps Iran must take for sanctions relief, saying this is “the right policy.” The prime minister, speaking at a Foreign Ministry …

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European businesses most affected by US sanctions on Iran

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ME in ‘further danger’

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said yesterday that the United States risks further destabilising the Middle East after Washington warned Iran faced the “strongest sanctions in history”. “The sanctions to be launched against Iran will not foster dialogue.

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Iran slams U.S. sanctions push, Syria rejects idea of Iranian withdrawal

Iran on Wednesday kept up a drumbeat of opposition to U.S. demands for sweeping change in its foreign policy and nuclear program, and Tehran’s ally Damascus dismissed out of hand a U.S. call for a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria. France, one of several European powers dismayed by the U.S. withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear accord, said Washington’s method of adding more sanctions on Tehran would reinforce the country’s dominant hardliners.

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Visiting German FM Reiterates European Stance on Iran Deal, as EU Scrambles to Counter Potential Sanctions Damage

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has told U.S. lawmakers and officials that Berlin is determined to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, warning that scrapping it would only “jeopardize” European security by increasing the risk of Iran developing nuclear weapons.

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Persian Army Boss Says “Iran today has reached the height of its power”

Iran does not need to ask anyone for permission to develop its defensive capabilities, Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Army Chief-of-Staff Mohammad Hossein Bagheri as saying Wednesday. Bagheri made the remark one day after Washington imposed sanctions on five Iranian citizens for alleged links to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps.

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There are various means for EU to undermine U.S. sanctions: Nephew

Richard Nephew, who served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, is of the opinion that “There are various means for the EU to undermine U.S. sanctions and thereby provide assurance to business, but they require a confrontation with Iran.” The fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, says, “Whether the EU wishes to do this is what we shall soon see.”

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