Eye on Iran: Iran Says Can Produce Higher Enriched Uranium in Less than Two Days

TOP STORIES

Iran Says Can Produce Higher Enriched Uranium in Less than Two Days | Reuters

Iran said on Monday it could produce higher enriched uranium within two days if the United States quit a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers, Tehran’s Arabic language al-Alam TV reported.

Only Way to End Syria War Is to Support Govt: Iran | Agence France-Presse

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that the only way to end the conflict in Syria was to support its government.

French FM Faces Criticism on Iran Visit | Associated Press

France's foreign minister traveled to Tehran on Monday promising tough talk on Iran's ballistic missile program but was met with stiff resistance from his Iranian counterpart, who said Western arms deals had turned the Middle East into a "gunpowder depot." From his first meeting with a military uniform-clad official, Jean-Yves Le Drian's one-day trip highlighted the challenge Paris faces in challenging Iran while at the same time trying to keep the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers intact.

UANI IN THE NEWS

UANI Senior Adviser Norman Roule On North Korea Dodging Sanctions | On Assignment With Richard Engel on MSNBC

Former CIA officer Norman Roule spent more than 30 years in intelligence gathering, now he works for an organization that tracks international sanctions violations and has become comparing the movements of the Vitaz with those of a North Korean ship that was in the same area at the same time.

NUCLEAR DEAL

Pence at AIPAC Vows Iran Nuke Deal to End ‘Immediately’ If Not Fixed | Times Of Israel

US Vice President Mike Pence vowed the US would withdraw from the nuclear deal forged between Iran and six world powers in the coming months unless lawmakers move to fix the agreement, and called US President Donald Trump the most pro-Israel president the country has ever had.

NUCLEAR & BALLISTIC-MISSILE PROGRAMS

Iran Claims It Turned a Sidewinder into a 'New' Anti-Tank Missile | RealClear Defense

Iran's powerful quasi-military Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, has unveiled what it says is a “new” combination anti-tank and short-range surface-to-air missile. From the available images and video, it appears the weapon is actually just a modified AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile, which could be an indicator of local ingenuity, a lack of readily available alternatives, or a little of both.

When Israel Hatched a Secret Plan to Assassinate Iranian Scientists | Ronen Bergman for Politico

In May 2003, the deputy head of the Mossad presented a top secret plan to the reclusive Israeli spy agency’s senior leadership, a group of some of the most hard-nosed security men in the world. The plan, the product of an intensive four-month effort, was an ultra-secret strategy to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. This week, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plots with U.S. President Donald Trump against an Iranian nuclear agreement that both men have trashed as nothing more than a pathway to a bomb, it’s worth looking back at this episode to understand how Israel’s spymasters think about the problem—and why they tend to view it radically differently than their political bosses.

MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE MATTERS & PROXY WARS

Iran's Air Force Flies American-Made F-14 Tomcats | David Axe for the National Interest

The shah wanted weapons… The administration of U.S. president Richard Nixon was all too eager to grant the shah’s wish in exchange for Iran’s help balancing a rising Soviet Union… That’s how, starting in the mid-1970s, Iran became the only country besides the United States to operate arguably the most powerful interceptor jet ever built — the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, a swing-wing carrier fighter packing a sophisticated radar and long-range AIM-54 Phoenix air-to-air missiles. It’s fair to say American policymakers quickly regretted giving Iran the F-14s… The Islamic Revolution transformed Iran from an American ally to one of the United States’ most vociferous enemies. An enemy possessing 79 of the world’s most fearsome interceptors.

HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNAL DISCONTENT

U.N. Rights Investigator Decries Iran Clampdown, Torture, Floggings | Reuters

Iran has arrested activists and political opponents in a clampdown on freedom of expression as use of torture continues despite promises of reform, a United Nations report said on Monday.

Threatened with 'Acid, Rape, Abuse': Protesting Iran's Compulsory Hijab Law | CNN

35-year-old Manijeh Tafaghod Rezaei from western Tehran, has become another recognizable face of the women's movement through her posts on social media. Rezaei, who was born with achondroplasia, or dwarfism, works as a model — illegal in the Islamic Republic of Iran. She's been cautioned and detained after sharing videos of herself without a veil online… Rezaei, who has not made attempts to hide her identity, receives repeated threats in person and online. "After posting videos without my hijab, I was threatened on social media and in the real world, too. I was even threatened with acid spraying, rape and abuse."

TERRORISM & EXTREMISM

U.S. Top Court Turns Away Dispute Involving Iran's Bank Melli  | Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up Iranian government-owned Bank Melli’s appeal of a lower court ruling that allowed victims of militant attacks allegedly backed by Iran to seek millions of dollars in compensation from the bank.

SYRIA & IRAN

Turkey, Russia and Iran to Hold Summit on Syria in April: Spokesman | Reuters

Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a summit in April to discuss Syria and potential steps in the region, the spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS

Iranian Lawmakers Block Cuts to Cash Handouts | Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor

The discontinuation of cash handouts for a large segment of Iranians has become a controversial issue in the initial draft budget for the next Iranian year (beginning March 21). Some suggest that this prospect contributed to the grievances that caused the protests in late December. On Feb. 22, the new framework of cash handouts was finalized as part of the ratification of the coming Iranian year’s budget law. But what are the actual changes introduced by lawmakers, and what are their consequences for the Iranian economy?