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Biden on Iran

May 9, 2012
The following are excerpts from a speech by Vice President Joe Biden to the Rabbinical Assembly convention in Atlanta on May 8, 2012: "We will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon by whatever means we need..." “There remains space for diplomacy. The window has not closed in terms of the…

Ties Grow Between Iran and China

May 3, 2012
The following is an excerpt from a new report by Alireza Nader and Scott Harold entitled “China and Iran: Economic, Political, and Military Relations” issued May 3, 2012 by the Rand Corporation. The full link is at the bottom.   The Islamic Republic of Iran’s possible…

Gulf Considers Political Union to Handle Iran and Arab Spring

May 1, 2012
Caroline Crouch The six oil-rich sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf are now considering political federation to unify their foreign and defense policies. The move, originally proposed last December by Saudi King Abdullah, is a response to growing regional challenges over the past 18 months,…

U.S. to Punish Sanctions Evaders

May 1, 2012
     On May 1, the White House issued a new Executive Order targeting foreign sanctions evaders. The following is a fact sheet on the Executive Order. Full links to the Executive Order and the letter to Congress are provided below. FACT SHEET: New executive order targeting foreign sanctions…

Israeli Leaders Diverge on Iran

April 27, 2012
Ted Wynne Over the past month, different branches of the Israeli government have taken widely diverse positions on Iran, its leadership and the state of its threat to Israel. Differences between senior political and military officials—present and past—are particularly…

Can Iran Replicate U.S. Drones?

April 27, 2012
Ted Wynne  Iran claims it is reproducing U.S. stealth technology less than five months after capturing an RQ-170 Sentinel drone, the most advanced unmanned surveillance aircraft.  On April 22, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iranian state television, “Our experts are fully dominant over sections and…

Clinton on New Iran Diplomacy

April 27, 2012
On April 26, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on the new diplomatic effort with Iran. She made her remarks at an event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The following is an excerpt: By next January, when I will have traveled, I guess, a million miles or…

Obama’s New Executive Order on Iran Human Rights Abusers

April 23, 2012
     On April 23, the White House issued a new Executive Order targeting “grave human rights abusers” in Iran and Syria. The following are key excerpts of the letter to Congress and links to both the full letter and the Executive Order.  Letter to Congress  I have determined that the commission…

Iran’s Calculations in New Diplomatic Talks

April 17, 2012
Alireza Nader What did Iran get out of the talks with the six major powers--U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany--at the first diplomatic meeting in Istanbul?  Iran apparently took a constructive approach at the first round of talks, according to Western diplomats at the talks.…

Analysis of Iran Nuke Talks

April 15, 2012
Michael Adler in Istanbul What happened during the talks? The most concrete result of the meeting in Istanbul on April 14 was a new round of talks scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad.    The original goal was to re-start diplomacy between Iran and the world’s six major powers— Britain, China, France…

Statements after First Diplomatic Meeting with Iran

April 15, 2012
European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton issued the following statement on behalf of the world's six major powers about the talks with Iran, which were held in Istanbul on April 14, 2012: The EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, together with the Political…

Leaders in Iran, U.S., Israel on Nuke Talks

April 11, 2012
The following is a collection of recent quotes from senior officials in Iran, the United States, and Israel about the new diplomatic initiative to resolve disputes over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. The world’s six major powers—the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia…

U.S.-Iran Trade Still Thrives

April 10, 2012
Annika Folkeson Trade is still thriving between the United States and Iran, despite harsh international sanctions. In 2011, Iran imported $229 million worth of American goods, everything from beauty products to bull semen, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.   And sales have continued…

9 Polls on U.S. and Israeli Opinions on Iran

April 10, 2012
U.S. and Israeli pollsters have recently surveyed public opinion about either an Israeli or U.S. attack on Iran’s suspected nuclear facilities. The questions in the following nine Israeli and American polls feature different timeframes and options.    Five U.S. public opinion polls   Reuters…

Obama Moves Toward Sanctioning Iran Oil

March 31, 2012
      On March 30, President Obama issued the following memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Energy.   By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, after carefully considering the report…

Iran Could Replace Bombed Centrifuge Sites in Six Months

March 29, 2012
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on March 28 entitled “Israel: Possible Military Strike Against Iran’s Nuclear Facilities.” It concludes that Iran could replace key centrifuge facilities within six months of a possible military strike. It also quotes sources who suggest that…

U.S. Targets Iran Arms Shipments

March 27, 2012
On March 27, the Treasury Department designated an Iranian airline and officials for exporting lethal aid to the Levant and Africa. The following is the Treasury Department's statement. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of…

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…