Despite Iranian ballistic missile tests and exposed assassination plots on European soil, Germany, France and Britain will focus primarily with small transactions of food & medicine as a political message to the United States to show Europe defends its interests despite US sanctions.
PARIS/BERLIN – Germany, France and Britain have officially set up a European mechanism to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and circumvent US sanctions, two diplomats said on Thursday.
The EU has been preparing the system, in effect a clearing house that avoids monetary transfers in dollars between the EU and Iran, for months although it is unlikely to become operational for several months due to technical details. Continue Reading »
Iran’s Defense Minister praises Moscow’s decision to cancel embargo on shipment of the advanced S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to his country.
By Elad Benari
Iran’s Defense Minister, Hossein Dehqan, on Monday welcomed Russia’s decision to lift a ban on the delivery of S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to his country, claiming the decision would help maintain stability in the region.
S-300 missile defense batteries – Reuters
“The expansion of cooperation [with Russia] and improving cooperation with other neighboring countries in various fields can be very effective in establishing sustainable stability and security in the region,” Dehqan said, according to Iran’s PressTV. Continue Reading »
Barack Obama threatened to use his veto against any new legislation that would impose additional sanctions on Iran.
By Elad Benari
The White House on Thursday threatened to use its veto power against legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran, as senators continued to promote such legislation in defiance of President Barack Obama.
Barack Obama – AFP photo
The threat came hours after a bipartisan group of senators filed a new Iran sanctions measure, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The bill, sponsored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), would impose tougher sanctions on Tehran if it refuses to dismantle its contested nuclear program after the end of a six-month negotiating period. Continue Reading »
U.S. administration officials admitted to Israeli colleagues that American negotiators greatly underestimated the economic benefits Iran would reap from Geneva’s P5+1 accord.
Senior officials in the administration of President Barack Obama have conceded over the past few days in conversations with colleagues in Israel that the value of the economic sanctions relief to Iran could be much higher than originally thought in Washington, security sources in Israel told Haaretz.
The Iranian economy is already showing signs of growth. – Photo: AP
In official statements by the United States immediately after the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program was signed in Geneva between Iran and theF six powers at the end of November it was said that the economic relief Iran would receive in exchange for signing the agreement would be relatively low – $6 billion or $7 billion. Continue Reading »
Jewish leader is embarrassed by Obama’s acquiescence to Teheran’s pressure, describes secret U.S. talks with Iran as ‘violation of special relationship with Israel.’
The head of the Anti-Defamation League Abe Foxman has come out in clear support of legislation of new sanctions on Iran while blasting what he describes as the administration’s “hysterical” reaction to possibility that Congress will enact them.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton attend meeting at the UN on Sept. 26, 2013. – Photo: AP
“I am embarrassed by how our government has accepted the threats of blackmail by the Iranians against even discussing new sanctions,” Foxman told Haaretz on Friday. Continue Reading »
Hurriyet Daily News says Iranian and Turkish officials are to meet in near future to resume economic cooperation.
The nuclear agreement signed between Iran and world powers may result in improved economic ties between the Islamic Republic and Turkey.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu after a news conference in Ankara, November 1, 2013.- Photo: Reuters
According to a report Saturday in Hurriyet Daily News, an Iranian delegation will visit Turkey “in the near future” to discuss the two countries’ trade relations, while Turkish Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan is set to travel to Tehran in mid-January. Continue Reading »
Complete document: ‘1st Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program.’
Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program
The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Continue Reading »
Iranian opposition group, which previously exposed the Natanz uranium enrichment plant and the Arak heavy-water facility are now reporting a new underground site that’s being built inside a 600-meter tunnel complex.
An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Monday it had information about an underground nuclear site being built in Iran and that this was among a number of secret venues for an atomic bomb program.
Heavy-water production plant in the central Iranian town of Arak, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006. – Photo: AP
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy-water facility at Arak in 2002. Continue Reading »
Nukes for the Saudis are ready for delivery, Israeli intel chief tell the BBC; if so, a Middle East nuclear arms race may have begun.
Saudi Arabia helped finance the Pakistani nuclear weapons program and is confident Islamabad will give it atomic bombs – which could trigger a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race, the BBC reported on Wednesday. According to a NATO source, Pakistan actually has made bombs for Saudi Arabia and they are ready to go, the report said.
A Sajjil missile is displayed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, in front of a portrait of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during a military parade near Tehran, September 21, 2012.- Photo: AP
Experts say the kingdom has long aspired to achieve nuclear capacity of its own, in order to counter Iran’s atomic ambitions. Continue Reading »
Chief U.S. negotiator for Iran, Wendy Sherman, says White House is committed to stopping Iran from advancing its nuclear program.
U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, who is also chief U.S. negotiator for Iran‘s nuclear program, assured Israel that the U.S. has not offered Iran any sanctions relief and that Israeli security is a priority.
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3. – Photo: AP
“Israel’s security is bedrock. There is no closer security relationship than what we have with each other.”
In an interview with Channel 10’s Tamar Ish Shalom Sunday, Sherman said the Obama administration is committed to stopping Iran’s nuclear program from advancing as a first step, “while we negotiate and offer limited, temporary reversible sanctions relief, but keep in place the fundamental architecture of oil and banking sanctions.”
Sherman stressed that nothing has occurred yet, and that “no deal is better than a bad deal.” She also said that she knows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes, as the U.S. Continue Reading »
At his visit to the ICJ in The Hague, Israel’s President Peres reported that economic sanctions may have impact but threat of force could be necessary.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Monday “all options” are being kept open in forcing Iran to give up its nuclear program.
Israel’s President Peres delivers a statement at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday Sept. 30, 2013. – Photo: AP
Speaking at The Hague, Peres said the economic sanctions against Iran now have not dissuaded the country from enriching uranium or building long-range missiles, although it may have affected Tehran’s public statements. Continue Reading »