Eye on Iran: Iran's Still Waiting for That Big Nuclear Deal Payoff

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Iran's Still Waiting for That Big Nuclear Deal Payoff | Kambiz Foroohar for Bloomberg

For a decade, the U.S. and other major powers squeezed Iran’s economy to force it to rein in its nuclear program. That ended in early 2016, creating an opportunity for Iran to bounce back. By many measures, it has… Still, Iran hasn’t reaped as large a dividend as many citizens expected when the country agreed in 2015 to limit its nuclear program and subject it to external inspections. One obstacle has been U.S. sanctions that remained even after every world power lifted its nuclear-related ones. And under President Donald Trump, who opposes the accord, the U.S. keeps pulling the noose around Iran tighter. At stake is more than Iran’s gross domestic product. Its prosperity affects the role the country plays in the world’s most volatile region.

Trump Extends 36-year State of Emergency with Iran | Washington Times

President Trump notified Congress Monday that he was extending the national emergency with Iran that has been in place since the 1979 hostage crisis, saying relations with the Islamic regime have not normalized.

Saudi Arabia Charges Iran with ‘Act Of War,’ Raising Threat of Military Clash | New York Times

Saudi Arabia charged Monday that a missile fired at its capital from Yemen over the weekend was an “act of war” by Iran, in the sharpest escalation in nearly three decades of mounting hostility between the two regional rivals.

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS

Donald Trump Extends 36-Year State of Emergency with Iran | Al Arabiya

US President Donald Trump notified Congress on Monday that he was extending the national emergency with Iran that has been in place since the 1979 hostage crisis. “Our relations with Iran have not yet normalized, and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated January 19, 1981, is ongoing,” Trump wrote Congress in the formal notice.

SANCTIONS RELIEF

Iran Urges Europe to Push Business Ties as U.S. Brings Nuclear Deal into Doubt | Reuters

Europe must make clear how it will react if the United States pulls out of the multinational nuclear deal with Iran and do more to encourage international banks to return to the country, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Boris Johnson Accused of Worsening Briton’s Plight in Iran | New York Times

Britain’s foreign secretary faced accusations on Monday of having made a misleading and careless statement about a British citizen of Iranian descent imprisoned in Iran that could prolong her ordeal there. The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, spoke in Parliament last month about Iran’s imprisonment of the woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He described her conviction for sedition as a mockery of justice but also said she had been “simply teaching people journalism.” Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s employer, family and local parliamentary representative said Mr. Johnson’s statement about the activities of Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran not only were untrue but also had created new risks for her. Days after Mr. Johnson’s comments, Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was taken to a new court hearing, where Mr. Johnson’s words were cited as evidence that she had been engaged in “propaganda against the regime.”

Britain Says Johnson Comments Do Not Justify More Iran Charges Against Jailed Aid Worker | Reuters

Britain said on Monday that comments by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson about jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe should not be used by the Islamic Republic to bring additional charges against her.

Boris Johnson to Call Iran in Wake of Comments about Jailed Briton | Guardian (U.K)

The British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, is expected to call the Iranian foreign minister on Tuesday as he comes under increasing pressure to retract remarks that campaigners believe could lead to a British-Iranian woman being jailed for five years.

Iran Eases Conditions of Opposition Leader's House Arrest | Agence France-Presse

Iran has eased conditions for opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under house arrest since 2011, allowing him to receive visitors, one of his sons said on Monday. Mohammed Hossein Karroubi was speaking to ISNA and ILNA news agencies, which are close to the Iranian reformist camp.

YEMEN CRISIS

British Envoy: We Are Fully Aware of Iran’s Negative Role In Yemen | Al Arabiya

The British ambassador to Yemen said on Tuesday that the United Kingdom and the international community are fully aware of the seriousness of the negative role of Iran in Yemen. Simon Shercliff stressed on the need to put an end to Iran's intervention and support for Houthi militias and fighters allied to ousted President Ali Abdallah Saleh.

GULF STATES & IRAN

Saudis Seen Stepping Up Proxy Skirmishes with Iran Across Region | Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia, locked in a struggle for regional dominance with Iran, will have no choice but to create and strengthen militias in countries across the region, a prominent columnist wrote in a state-owned daily.

IRGC Commander Denies Trump Claim on Saudi Missile Attack | Al Monitor

Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has denied claims by President Donald Trump that Iran was responsible for the missile that was launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen over the weekend.

Iran Says Saudi Arabia Facing Results of Its 'Wars Of Aggression' | Reuters

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday Saudi Arabia was blaming Iran for the consequences of its own “wars of aggression”, after his Saudi counterpart accused Tehran of threatening regional security.