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  • Eye on Iran: Delays Threaten to Unravel Iranian Plans to Buy 200 Jetliners

    July 25, 2016
    Top Stories NYT: "Agreements for Iran to buy more than 200 jetliners from Boeing and Airbus, the most prominent commercial outcomes of the nuclear accord reached a year ago, face delays that could reduce or even unravel them, aviation lawyers and analysts said. Legislation passed by the House of Representatives on July 7 would essentially block the multibillion-dollar agreements with Boeing and Airbus, despite provisions in the nuclear accord that allowed for such deals. While...
  • Eye on Iran: San Diego Man is Detained in Iran

    July 22, 2016
    Top Stories LAT: "A San Diego man has been detained by Iranian authorities, according to friends and family members who have not heard from him in more than one week. The man, Gholamrez 'Reza' Shahini, who goes by 'Robin,' traveled to Iran to visit family this month. He had been staying at his mother's house in his native Gorgan, a city about 250 miles northeast of Tehran and near the Caspian Sea, according to Mohammad...
  • Eye on Iran: U.S. Moves Against Alleged al Qaeda Members in Iran

    July 21, 2016
    Top Stories WSJ: "The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned three alleged al Qaeda members the U.S. said are using Iran as a base to raise funds, acquire weapons and move fighters across the Middle East and South Asia. The Treasury's designations are the latest in a string announced in recent years outlining Iran's alleged complicity in al Qaeda's operations. The activities are a challenge to the Obama administration's hope to cooperate with Tehran in combating international...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Exploring Return to Global Bond Markets After 14 Year Break

    July 20, 2016
    Top Stories Bloomberg: "Iran is exploring a return to international debt markets for the first time since 2002, a senior government official said, as the Islamic Republic seeks to finance an economic recovery a year after a historic nuclear deal that offered it a route out of isolation. Economy Minister Ali Tayebnia, whose ministry is at the forefront of securing Iran's access to the global financial system, said in an interview in Tehran that he...
  • Eye on Iran: AP Exclusive: Document Shows Less Limits on Iran Nuke Work

    July 19, 2016
    Top Stories AP: "Key restrictions on Iran's nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran's ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press... The diplomat who shared the text with the AP described it as an add-on agreement to the nuclear deal in the form of a document submitted...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Conducts 4th Missile Test since Signing Nuke Deal

    July 18, 2016
    Top Stories Fox News: "Two days before the anniversary of the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, the Islamic Republic attempted to launch a new type of ballistic missile using North Korean technology, multiple intelligence officials tell Fox News. The test, in violation of a UN resolution, failed shortly after liftoff when the missile exploded, sources said. The effort occurred on the evening of July 11-12 near the Iranian city of Saman, an hour...
  • Eye on Iran: US Says Iran Has Benefited from Eased Sanctions

    July 15, 2016
    Top Stories AFP: "Iran's economy has benefited notably from the removal of nuclear sanctions, US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Thursday , the one-year anniversary of the landmark deal between Tehran and major powers. But he stressed that the US will continue to apply sanctions pressure on the country over its alleged support for terror and its ballistic missile program, despite Tehran's criticisms that Washington has not fully followed through with its side of the...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Sticks to Terms of Nuclear Deal, but Defies the U.S. in Other Ways

    July 14, 2016
    Top Stories NYT: "A year after President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, the worst predictions of what would happen next have not come to pass... But if the celebrations inside the White House this week appear muted, it is in part because very little about the Washington-Tehran relationship outside the strict parameters of the 130-page agreement has improved. Tehran is still sending its forces to support President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and to gain influence...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Hasn't Changed Its Behavior 1 Year after Nuclear Agreement Reached, US General Says

    July 13, 2016
    Top Stories Fox News: "Two days before the anniversary of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers led by the United States, a top U.S. military commander says Iran has not changed its behavior, as five Iranian patrol boats took turns shadowing a U.S. Navy warship he was visiting in the Persian Gulf. Army General Joseph Votel, who leads U.S. Central Command, said while the deal has frozen Iran's nuclear weapons...
  • Eye on Iran: Lawmakers, Activists Pounce on Companies Flirting with Iran

    July 12, 2016
    Top Stories Politico: "These and dozens of other letters, shared with POLITICO by UANI, provide a glimpse into the ongoing struggle over the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached a year ago Thursday and opened a narrow path for companies seeking to do business in a country long isolated by international sanctions. UANI and other opponents of the deal are urging companies to think twice before investing in the Iranian market... United...