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An attack on Iran remains a terrifying possibility, as a desperate flight forward by the Anglo-American coalition from an already hopeless situation in Iraq.

Trump scores an own-goal in the game against Iran

Posted by seumasach on August 14, 2018

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

13th August, 2018

The Israeli press is awash with reports that US President Donald Trump is faithfully executing a containment strategy against Iran that was scripted in Tel Aviv by none other than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Iran to launch state-backed crypto to sidestep US sanctions

Posted by seumasach on July 28, 2018

Asia Times

27th July, 2018

As US sanctions loom, Iran is reportedly planning to launch its own crypto-currency, according to a 25 July story from the nation’s official news channel Press TV. The report claims Tehran is preparing to develop its own digital currency to circumnavigate impending sanctions from American President Donald Trump’s administration that, says the Islamic Republic, aim to cripple the country.

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Overwhelming resistance to Trump’s plan to scuttle the Iran deal

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2017

I don’t think Trump is about to scupper the Iran deal: the resistance to doing so is indeed “overwhelming”. Were he to do he would isolate the USA completely and cripple US diplomacy. The immediate consequence would be to rule out a diplomatic solution the the Korea crisis.  That would explain why, in what is now a familiar pattern, the military have been to the fore in appealing for reason. Thus

“on Wednesday afternoon, the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, General John Hyten, in a speech at the Hudson Institute, said, “The facts are that Iran is operating under the agreement that we signed up for under JCPOA… We have an agreement that our nation has signed and I believe that if the United States of America signs an agreement, it’s our job to live up to the terms of that agreement, it’s our job to enforce that.” “

Cato Institute

21st September, 2017

This has not been a good week for President Trump’s Iran policy. As the president has indicated, he plans in mid-October to decertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), negotiated and signed in 2015, which rolled back Iran’s nuclear program, placed severe restrictions on it for the foreseeable future, and imposed the world’s most intrusive inspections regime on what remained.

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US, Iran break ice at UN Hqs.

Posted by seumasach on September 22, 2017

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

21st September, 2017

The US President Donald Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday has drawn attention to the Iran nuclear deal of July 2015. Will the deal survive? Or, will it perish in a sudden death?

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Iran throws the ball into Trump’s court

Posted by seumasach on February 5, 2017

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

5th February, 2017

In what can only be seen as a development invested with symbolism — at least in its sheer timing – Russian president’s special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev is traveling to Tehran today. Prima facie, Lavrentiev will hold consultations with Iran’s powerful Secretary to the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, on the eve of the first meeting in Astana tomorrow of the ‘trilateral mechanism’ of Russia, Iran and Turkey regarding the monitoring of ceasefire and separation of opposition groups from the extremist groups.

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Saudi Arabia, Russia and Iran: Gulf players willing to abandon old narratives

Posted by seumasach on August 11, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

10th August, 2015

The Iran nuclear deal is yet to cross the Rubicon of approval by the US Congress and the going got a bit tough last weekend with Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Eliot Engel, two top congressional Democrats, announcing their objection to the deal. Schumer claimed he made the decision “after deep study, careful thought, and considerable soul-searching,” while Engel is yet to lay bare his soul. But never mind; the debate in the US looks increasingly surreal.

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Victory in Vienna

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2015

Justin Raimondo

Antiwar

15th July, 2015

The historic agreement signed by the P5+1 and the government of Iran marks a turning point in America’s relations with the world. It reverses the momentum of nearly fifteen years of constant warfare and puts us on a path to peace.

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Obama thanks China’s leader for role in Iran nuclear deal

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2015

Washington Post

21st July, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is thanking Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) for China’s role in securing the nuclear deal with Iran.

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Iran’s ‘Look East’ policy takes wings

Posted by seumasach on July 18, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

17th July, 2015

Most analysts blithely overlook that Iran also has a “Look East” dimension to its foreign policies and once it shakes off the shackles of the UN sanctions, it is that vector which is bound to become lively almost overnight, impacting the regional alignments in the South Asian region in a major way.

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Obama urges King Salman to seize Iran moment

Posted by seumasach on July 16, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

15th July, 2015

The world community has overwhelmingly, enthusiastically welcomed the Iran nuclear deal. Many western powers are scrambling to tap into the deal and take advantage of seamless business opportunities that could be opening up. The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who has been in the forefront of those insisting on an iron-clad agreement is likely to be in a long line of top diplomats beating a path to Tehran.

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Middle East: The predictable defeat of France

Posted by seumasach on June 9, 2015

This analysis contains the following sensational revelation which I have no way of confirming but makes perfect sense in the context of the overall situation

“The signing of the agreement was threatened by the fall of Palmyra, which cut the « Silk Road », in other words the communications route between Iran on one side, and Syria and Hezbollah on the other [10]. In the event that Palmyra should remain in the hands of the jihadists (in other words the mercenaries who are fighting against the « Axis of Resistance » [11]), Teheran would be unable to transport its gas and export it to Europe, and would therefore have no interest in signing an agreement with Washington.

The Assistant Secretary of State thus informed the meeting that he had authorised the « Axis of Resistance » to bring fresh troops into Syria in order to defeat Daesh. By that he meant 10,000 Revolutionary Guards, who would reinforce the Syrian Arab Army before the 30th June. So far, the Syrians have been defending themselves alone, with help only from the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Turkish PKK, but without Russian or Iranian troops or Iraqi militia.”

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

8th June, 2015

While the signature of the agreement between Washington and Teheran draws ever closer, Thierry Meyssan retraces and analyses the policies of François Hollande in the Near East which uphold his support for the Gulf monarchies and Israeli apartheid. Indisputably, the author demonstrates the fact that this policy, which is contrary to the values of the Republic and the interests of the Nation, exclusively serves the personal ambitions of a few individuals and the social group they represent.

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