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US Report: Limited Sanctions Impact

            The following are excerpts from a new Congressional Research Service report on Iran sanctions with a link

Gallup: Half of Iran Lacks Funds for Basics

             Iranian residents' election of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani to the presidency has been widely interpreted as evidence of

Rouhani: First Presser on US, Reforms, Nukes

      On June 17, president-elect Hassan Rouhani called fo

Obama on Rouhani Victory

      On June 17, President Barack Obama said

G8 Communique on Iran

            On June 18, the Group of Eight industrialized nations called on Iran to move “without delay” to fulfill its long-de

US Sanctions Iran Leadership

           On June 4, the United States sanctioned a major network of front companies for hiding assets on behalf of Iranian leaders.

US Sanctions Iran Currency

      On June 3, the United States imposed sanctions for the first time on Iran’s currency, the rial.

Report: Sanctions Empower Regime

            Sanctions have had  the unintended consequence of empowering the Iranian regime, according to a new report by the Center

US Targets Iran Oil, Sanctions Evaders

            On May 31, the United States targeted Iranian petrochemical companies for the first time.

US Lifts Sanctions

            On May 30, the United States authorized the export of cell phones, computers and internet equipment to Iran.

US Sanctions Nuclear and Missile Programs

            On May 23, the U.S.

Top US Officials on Sanctions Impact

            On May 15, two top officials in the Obama administration claimed U.S.

New U.S. Sanctions on Nuclear Program, Bank and Shipping

            On May 9, the State Department imposed new sanctions on four Iranian companies and one individual for providing “goods, tech

Part II: Sanctions Hit Iran’s Oil Production

            Iran’s oil production dropped 17 percent in 2012, according to a new according to a new report by the U.S.

Part I: Iran Oil Sales Plummet

            In 2012, Iran’s oil exports dropped to their lowest level since 1986, according to a new report by the U.S.

Iran’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

            Iran is facing double-digit inflation, high consumer prices, rising unemployment, and anemic economic growth, according to a ne

Report: Sanctions Backfiring, Try Direct Dialogue

            A new report by top former U.S. officials concludes that sanctions are backfiring.

Report: Iran’s Economy Shrank in 2012

            Iran’s economy has shrunk for the first time in more than twenty years.

New U.S. Sanctions on Banks, Oil

            On April 11, the U.S.

G8 Statement on Iran

            On April 11, the G8 urged Iran to cooperate with the United Nations on its nuclear program to avoid further isolation.

Report: Nuke Program Expensive and Risky

            Iran’s nuclear program has cost more than $100 billion in lost foreign investment and oil revenue, according to a new re

Khamenei Open to Direct U.S. Talks

            Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he is not opposed to direct talks with the United States in a speech marking Nowruz,

Obama and Netanyahu Agree on Iran

            President Obama, on his first visit to Israel since taking office, warned that the time left to solve the Iranian nuclear issue

Obama on Nowruz: New U.S.-Iran Relationship Possible

            On March 18, President Obama said there could be a “new relationship” with Iran if it meets international obligati

Obama: Iran Over A Year Away From Nuke

            On March 13, President Obama said “it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon,”

U.S. Sanctions Secret Iranian Oil Network

            On March 14, the U.S.

Poll: Iran Unpopular in Arab and Muslim Eyes

            Iran is now viewed unfavorably in 14 out of 20 Arab and Muslim countries, according to a new poll by Zogby Research Services.

Khazaee Welcomes U.S. Calls for Direct Talks

            On February 20, Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee welcomed recent U.S. calls for direct talks in remarks to the Asia Society.

Report: Unwinding the Sanctions Web

            Iran is more likely to adapt to tightened sanctions than to adjust its nuclear policy, according to a new report by the Interna

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