Eye on Iran: Iran Nuclear Chief Says Uranium Stockpile Reaches 950 Tons

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Iran Nuclear Chief Says Uranium Stockpile Reaches 950 Tons | Associated Press

The chief of Iran’s nuclear agency says the country’s effort to acquire uranium has resulted in a stockpile of as much as 950 tons.

Iran Builds New Centrifuge Rotor Factory: Nuclear Chief | Reuters

Iran has built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, the head of its atomic agency said on Wednesday, upping the stakes in a confrontation with Washington over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear work.

Russia, Kazakhstan Cut Hot-Rolled Steel Coil Exports to Iran: Traders | Reuters

Russia and Kazakhstan are cutting back sales of hot-rolled steel coils to Iran in part because of new U.S. sanctions on Tehran, steel traders said.

UANI IN THE NEWS

Interview on the Helsinki Summit with UANI Chairman and Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman on Bloomberg News

I thought the president’s performance today [at the meeting with President Putin] was [not only] disappointing but profoundly troubling… How are you going to make America great again if a foreign power can determine the winner in our elections?

Hezbollah’s Social Institutions Guarantee Its Permanence in South America | UANI Research Analyst David Daoud for Souciant

The Tri-Border Area (TBA) between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina is an important area for Hezbollah’s global activities.

 

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM

Iran ‘Preparing To Enrich’ If Nuclear Deal Fails, Official Says | AFP

Iran is ready to boost its uranium enrichment to higher levels if talks fail with Europe on salvaging the nuclear deal, a top official said Tuesday.

Iran After the JCPOA Withdrawal (Part 2): Shaping Tehran’s Response | Michael Eisenstadt for the Washington Institute for Middle East Policy

Tehran will likely resort to measured countermoves in the nuclear domain at first, but successful U.S. pressure could spur it to challenge JCPOA limits, take action in non-nuclear domains, or push back against U.S. and allied forces.

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS

U.S. Expects China to Buy Even More Iranian Oil After Sanctions | Wall Street Journal

 

There is one big hitch in U.S. plans to stem buying of Iranian oil: China. Some in Washington now expect that China will vacuum up much of the Iranian oil that other nations won’t buy because of the threat of U.S. sanctions, according to a senior U.S. government energy official.

 

Trump Or Cheap Iran Oil: Dilemma Facing Fastest Growing User | Bloomberg

 

The U.S. embargo on Iran oil shipments has put Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quandary. If he plays along, India could find itself on the right side of President Donald Trump on trade but lose cheap supplies and precious foreign exchange.

Iran Files Suit in International Court Against U.S. Over Sanctions | Reuters

Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States alleging that Washington’s decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday. A State Department official said the application was without merit and the United States would fight it in the court.

Iran Announces EU Banking, Oil Sale Arrangements | Asharq Al-Awsat (U.K.)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that international parties remaining in the Iran nuclear deal have kickstarted practical measures ensuring banking relations and the resumption of Iranian oil sales, two weeks ahead of the first phase of US sanctions.

 

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN

Iranian Militias Test Israel with Advance on Golan Heights | Times (U.K.)

Iran and Israel were heading towards a direct confrontation in one of the most keenly contested territories in the Middle East, as forces loyal to the Assad regime and Tehran routed rebels in Syria… The Syrian army, supported by Iranian militias, was pushing towards the Golan Heights, a strip 40 miles west of Damascus snatched by Israel in 1967.

Amid Technical Woes, Iran Security Chief Said to Stand Up Gaza Crowd | Times Of Israel

A pro-Iranian event held in Gaza on Monday did not go according to plan, after Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, apparently failed to deliver an expected address to the audience, and Egypt reportedly told high-level Hamas officials to stay away from the event.

Syrian Rebels, Iran Reach Deal to Evacuate Villages: Sources | Reuters

Syrian rebels and Iranian-backed negotiators have reached a deal to evacuate thousands of people from two rebel-besieged Shi’ite villages in northwestern Syria in return for the release of hundreds of detainees in state prisons, opposition sources said.

If Iran Gets Back To Nukes, Israel Is Better Prepared to Strike | Ilan Jonas for Bloomberg

New weapons and friends make an attack on Tehran’s nuclear facilities a more thinkable proposition.

 

OTHER IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS

Drought, Inefficiency Lead to Major Power Shortage in Iran | Al Monitor

Iran has been gripped with drought for over a decade, and the country’s precipitation has dropped to its lowest level in the past half-century.