Eye on Iran: Iran’s Missile Production Has Increased Three-Fold: Guards Commander

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Iran's Missile Production Has Increased Three-Fold: Guards Commander | Reuters

Iran has increased its missile production three-fold, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said Wednesday...

Iran Rejects French FM's Call To Curb Missile Program | Al Monitor

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s trip to Iran has seemingly failed to produce the results likely expected by President Emmanuel Macron.

Israel PM Takes Aim At Iran, Thanks US for Support | Associated Press

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim at Iran on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republic is responsible for "darkness descending" on the Middle East by building an anti-Israel empire… "We must stop Iran, we will stop Iran," he said. Netanyahu renewed his attack on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying it had made the world more dangerous. And, he praised President Donald Trump for threatening to withdraw from the accord if it isn't toughened.

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Let Rouhani and Khamenei Fight | UANI Advisory Board Member Ray Takeyh and Reuel Marc Gerecht for the Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries criticize each other regularly, but recently the level of invective among the ruling elite has reached new heights. The vicious infighting between President Hassan Rouhani and his detractors now threatens the governing edifice of the Islamic Republic. Given the clerical regime’s aggressive foreign policy and nuclear ambitions, it is in America’s interest to see this power struggle intensify.

BUSINESS RISK

Russian Oil Firms In Talks With Iran On Its Oilfields: Novak | Reuters

Russian oil companies could sign contracts with Iran by March 21 that would allow them to work on Iranian oilfields, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday. Novak also said Iran was ready to supply crude oil to Russia but that would depend on future agreements with the buyers of the oil.

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Rouhani’s Visit a Reality Check for Iran-India Relations | Al Monitor

At first glance, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to India made news for all the right reasons. The three-day tour Feb 15-17, his first state visit to India, revolved around furthering economic engagement between the two countries. The optics were great, and the announcements following his “substantive talks” with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received praise. Close observers would have noted, however, that the visit did not break new ground. Rather, it laid bare the reality that both sides are hedging their bets based on the potential exit of the United States from the major powers' nuclear deal with Iran.