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Obama on Iran during Korea Trip

March 26, 2012
President Obama at Hankuk University, Seoul, South Korea, March 26 Under the NPT, Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear energy.  In fact, time and again the international community—including the United States—has offered to help Iran develop nuclear energy peacefully.  But…

Israeli Launches Quirky Anti-war Campaign on Facebook

March 20, 2012
Annika Folkeson      Israel and Iran may be nearing confrontation over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, but Israeli graphic designer Ronnie Edry has launched a quirky campaign to build peace with the Iranian public. It’s logo is “We (heart) you.” It’s message, posted on Facebook and Youtube,…

U.S.: 11 Nations Reduce Iran Oil Purchases

March 20, 2012
On March 20, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the following statement on Significant Reductions of Iranian Crude Oil Purchases:  I am pleased to announce that an initial group of eleven countries has significantly reduced their volume of crude oil purchases from Iran -- Belgium, the…

On Nowruz, Obama Calls for End to “Electronic Curtain”

March 20, 2012
Remarks of President Obama Marking Nowruz      Today, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those who are celebrating Nowruz around the world.  In communities and homes from America to southwest Asia, families and friends are coming together to celebrate the hope that comes with renewal…

Supreme Leader Calls for “Economic Jihad” in New Year

March 20, 2012
The following is an excerpt from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s message on March 20 to mark Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.      I would like to congratulate all my dear countrymen across the nation, all Iranians who are living in different parts of the world and all other nations who celebrate Nowruz […

U.S. to Support Internet Freedom in Iran

March 20, 2012
Fact Sheet: Treasury interpretive guidance and statement of licensing policy on internet freedom in Iran  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today issued guidance and licensing information to further support the free flow of…

Stimson: Engaging Iran on Afghanistan

March 15, 2012
Ellen Laipson      The Stimson Center on March 15 published “Engaging Iran on Afghanistan” by Ellen Laipson. The following is the summary of the report. A link to the full report is provided at the bottom.      Engaging Iran on issues of mutual interest has been an elusive goal…

Assessing Iran’s Parliamentary Election

March 15, 2012
Mehdi Khalaji  Who were the winners and losers in this election?   The most important result of this election was the rise of a new generation of hardliners. It did not have a serious presence in parliament before the election. The new hardline faction is led by Ayatollah…

Global Financial Service Cuts Off Iran

March 15, 2012
On March 15, the global financial service, SWIFT, decided to cut ties with Iranian banks. The following is SWIFT’s statement. See below for a statement by the Treasury Under Secretary David S. Cohen.   Brussels, 15 March 2012 – Following an EU Council decision, SWIFT is today…

Obama and Cameron on Diplomacy with Iran

March 14, 2012
     At a joint White House press conference on March 14, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron commented on the new diplomatic effort with Iran by the world’s six major powers.      President Obama:     We also discussed the continuing threat posed by Iran’s failure to meet its…

U.S. Poll Opposes Israel Striking Iran

March 13, 2012
A new poll finds that only one in four Americans favors Israel conducting a military strike against Iran's nuclear program. Seven in ten (69%) favor the US and other major powers continuing to pursue negotiations with Iran, a position that is supported by majorities of Republicans (58%), Democrats…

Obama on Iran

March 13, 2012
President Obama commented extensively on Iran at a White House news conference on March 6, 2012. "Because sanctions are starting to have significant effect inside of Iran -- and that's not just my assessment, that's, I think, a uniform assessment -- because the sanctions are going to be even…

U.N. Reports “Striking Pattern” of Abuses

March 13, 2012
A new report by the U.N. Special Rapporteur for human rights in Iran issued a new report on March 6, 2012. It concluded: The Special Rapporteur has catalogued allegations that produce a striking pattern of violations of fundamental human rights guaranteed under international law. He restates his…

U.S. Sanctions Iran for Heroin Trafficking

March 8, 2012
On March 7, the Treasury Department designated Iranian Qods Force General overseeing Afghan Heroin trafficking through Iran. The following is the Treasury Department’s statement. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Iranian Islamic Revolutionary…

Gallup: 8% of Iranians Approve of U.S. Leadership

February 28, 2012
According to a 2012 Gallup poll, only eight percent of Iranians approve of U.S. leadership. Quick Summary: Iranians' already low approval of U.S. leadership did not get worse after the U.S. toughened sanctions in late 2011. Eight percent of Iranians approved of U.S. leadership…

Election Watch #4: Facts on Iran’s Election

February 28, 2012
On Jan. 21, Iran announced the final list of candidates for the upcoming parliamentary election. The following are key facts on the list of candidates. 5,395 candidates originally registered to run for parliament.3,444 were approved by the guardian council, which…

ICG: So Much Could Go Wrong

February 28, 2012
The International Crisis Group on Jan. 23 published “In Heavy Waters: Iran’s Nuclear Program, the Risk of War and Lessons from Turkey”. The following is the summary of the report. A link to the full report is provided at the bottom. The dramatic escalation in Israel’s…

Part II: Khamenei: The Nuclear Decision-maker

February 22, 2012
Alireza Nader The fate of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program—which now threatens yet another Middle East conflagration—rests in the hands of a single man: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.   Iranians are now gripped by a sense that their nation stands at a…

Part I: Khamenei Denies Nuclear Weapon

February 22, 2012
At a meeting with Iranian nuclear scientists on Feb. 22, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the following remarks about Iran’s nuclear program, international pressure and sanctions.   “The Iranian nation has never been after nuclear weapons and it will never go after…

CSIS: Iran’s Growing Missile Capabilities

February 22, 2012
Anthony Cordesman The Center for Strategic and International Studies on Feb. 22 published “Iran and the Gulf Military Balance - II” by Anthony Cordesman and Alexander Wilner. The following is an excerpt from the report. Iran continues to deny it is seeking nuclear weapons but…

How much oil does Europe buy from Iran?

February 22, 2012
Iran announced on Feb. 19 that it would halt all oil sales to France and Britain, a response to new EU sanctions on Iranian oil imports due to go into effect this summer. But the top 10 European economies actually acquire only a modest share of their oil from Iran. The following are EU statistics…

U.S. Military Chief: Strike Not “Prudent”

February 19, 2012
On Feb. 19, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey made the following comments on Iran in an interview on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria.   On Iran’s nuclear intentions We also know, or believe we know, that the Iranian regime has not decided that they will embark on the [...] effort…

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Intelligence Ministry

February 16, 2012
On Feb. 16, the State Department issued the following statement on Iran:Today the United States Government took three separate sanctions actions against Iran’s primary intelligence agency, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). MOIS was designated for its involvement in the…

Pew: American Views on Iran Nuke Program

February 15, 2012
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Feb. 8-12, 2012, among 1,501 adults, finds substantial partisan differences over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.  The public supports tough measures – including the possible use of military…

Election Watch #3: Election Crackdown on Media

February 15, 2012
Interview with Yasmin AlemThis is the first election since the controversial 2009 election and reports of a clampdown on media are increasing. What is the situation for social media and internet usage in the lead-up to the parliamentary elections?  With less than three weeks to parliamentary…

Gallup: Iranians Split on Nuclear Military Power

February 15, 2012
According to a 2012 Gallup poll, Iranians are split, 40% to 35%, on nuclear military power. Half support cutting ties with countries that impose sanctions. WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Iranians are more likely to approve of Iran developing its nuclear power capabilities for non-military use (57%) than for…

ISIS on Iran Nuke: Low Risk in 2012

February 14, 2012
The Institute for Science and International Security published “Preventing Iran from getting Nuclear Weapons: Constraining its future options” by David Albright, Paul Brannan, Andrea Stricker, and Christina Walrond. The report concludes, “In 2012, the probability of all of the scenarios occurring…

Gallup: Iranians Feel Sanctions Bite

February 7, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the U.S. orders more economic sanctions against Iran, a new Gallup poll finds nearly two-thirds of Iranians think recent sanctions that the United Nations, the U.S., and Western Europe have already imposed will hurt the livelihoods of the country's residents "a great deal…

U.S. Sanctions Central Bank

February 6, 2012
The following is an excerpt of President Obama’s statement on new U.S. sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank. I have determined that additional sanctions are warranted, particularly in light of the deceptive practices of the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks to conceal…

Four Scenarios if Iran Oil Disrupted

February 2, 2012
In an energy brief for the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert McNally outlines four possible scenarios in “Managing Oil Market Disruption in a Confrontation with Iran.” SCENARIOS  1. Partial sanctions on Iran’s crude oil exports; Iran harasses gulf production and shipping         This scenario…