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Part 4: Pompeo, Zarif Spar on U.N. Arms Embargo

June 30, 2020
On June 30, 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif clashed over the future of the U.N. conventional arms embargo on Iran, which is set to expire in October. The two officials spoke at a virtual meeting of the Security Council convened to debate whether to…

Iran’s Ambitious Space Program

June 23, 2020
Since 2003, Iran’s space program has steadily evolved – from a limited initiative to launch research satellites into a more ambitious project to enhance space reconnaissance capabilities and test military rockets. The program, still in its adolescence, has progressed through three phases: research…

Iran Obstructing IAEA Investigation

June 22, 2020
On June 19, the U.N. nuclear watchdog and the United States rebuked Iran for denying access to two suspect sites where it may have used or stored undeclared nuclear material. The resolution, which passed 25 to 2 with seven abstentions, called on Iran to fully cooperate with an investigation into…

CENTCOM: Iran Recalculating Strategy on U.S.

June 12, 2020
In response to U.S. strikes on Iran, the Islamic Republic has revised its tactics in dealing with the U.S. military in the Middle East, according to General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the head of U.S. Central Command. “Right now, we're in a period of what I would call ‘contested deterrence’ with Iran…

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Shipping Companies

June 8, 2020
On June 8, the United States expanded sanctions on Iran’s shipping industry. The Treasury Department blacklisted Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company Ltd, along with more than 100 ships and tankers. “IRISL has repeatedly…

Part 2: COVID-19 Toll on Chemical Weapons Victims

June 1, 2020
Victims of chemical weapons during Iran’s eight-year war with Iraq have proven to be among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. In April 2020, veterans accounted for 7.5 percent of the 4,500 COVID-19 deaths, or about 337 people, the Islamic Revolution Veterans Association reported. Tens of thousands of…

Part 1: COVID-19 Toll on Doctors and Nurses

June 1, 2020
Iran’s doctors and nurses have made heavy sacrifices in the fight against COVID-19. In the first three months of the pandemic, more than 100 healthcare workers died and some 10,000 had been infected. The death toll could be much higher, since statistics were still being collected from across the…

Part 1: U.S. on U.N. Arms Embargo on Iran

May 11, 2020
In late April 2020, the United States announced a new diplomatic initiative to extend the U.N. embargo limiting Iran’s ability to purchase conventional weapons, which is due to expire on October 18, 2020. The embargo limits all U.N. member states from selling weaponry – including battle tanks,…

The COVID-19 Blow to Iran’s Economy

April 29, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has created new challenges and exacerbated old ones for Iran’s economy. The outbreak of COVID-19, first announced on February 19, forced businesses nationwide to close just before Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on March 20. Trade slowed due to border closures. By mid-April,…

Iran’s Oil Price Plummets

April 22, 2020
Already hard hit by U.S. sanctions, Iran faced a stunning decline in the price of oil – a major source of revenue – as an unexpected byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic. By April 1, the price of Iran’s heavy crude fell to below $14 per barrel — down from $44 or more per barrel in February. The…