Trump Chairs U.N. Meeting on Iran

September 6, 2018

President Donald Trump is scheduled to chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran during the General Assembly, the annual gathering of world leader. Trump will address “violations of international law and general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region,” said the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on September 4. “There is a growing concern about Iran. Some are old things, some are new things,” she said during a press conference. Haley accused Iran of destabilizing activities and supporting terror in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.  

Rouhani, Putin and Erdogan Meet on Syria

September 5, 2018

Presidents Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Tehran on September 7 to discuss the final battlefront in Idlib province and Syria's political future. The summit is their third on Syria. In November 2017, they met in Sochi, Russia, and in April 2018 they met in Ankara, Turkey. Their countries have played the leading roles in the Astana peace process, a series of talks launched in 2017 to complement to those held in Geneva.


Congressional Research Service: Iran’s Threats and Oil Markets

August 10, 2018

In response to the U.S. decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran, President Hassan Rouhani threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway for the transit of oil and natural gas from the Middle East to world markets. Iranian leaders also threatened to disrupt oil shipments before sanctions were imposed in 2011 and 2012.

Part 3: World Reacts to U.S. Sanctions

August 6, 2018

On August 6, the E.U., French, German, and U.K. foreign ministers expressed their determination to “protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran”  — despite the reimposition of U.S. sanctions. In a statement, the leaders also reiterated their support for the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “Preserving the nuclear deal with Iran is a matter of respecting international agreements and a matter of international security,” they said. The full text is below with reactions by other world leaders. 


Pompeo Blasts Iranian Leaders for Corruption

July 23, 2018

On July 22, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo compared Iran’s leaders to mafia bosses who “line their pockets” with wealth while the average person “cries out for jobs, reform, and opportunity.” In a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Pompeo criticized Iran’s government for human rights abuses, rampant corruption, and supporting extremist groups and militias abroad. 

Rouhani and Trump Trade Barbs

July 23, 2018

On July 22, President Hassan Rouhani warned President Donald Trump against taking hostile actions toward Iran. “Don’t play with the lion’s tail; you will regret it,” Rouhani said at a meeting of Iranian diplomats. The Islamic Republic’s “enemies must understand well that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace.” Rouhani emphasized that his country was not seeking a conflict but would not be intimidated. He dismissed U.S.