Eye on Iran: Israel and Iran Trade Fire in Most Direct Confrontation Yet

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Israel and Iran Trade Fire in Most Direct Confrontation Yet | CNN

In the most direct confrontation between Israel and Iran to date, the two regional enemies exchanged fire for hours during a volatile night in the Golan Heights.

Iran May Step Up Nuclear Program, Supreme Leader Says | New York Times

Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday hinted that his country might step up its nuclear program, signaling a possible escalation in an already volatile relationship with Washington after President Trump announced he was pulling the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal.

U.S. Preparing to Impose New Sanctions On Iran: White House | Reuters

President Donald Trump is preparing to impose new sanctions on Iran, perhaps as early as next week, to ensure it does not develop nuclear weapons, the White House said on Wednesday, a day after Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

 

UANI IN THE NEWS

UANI Senior Adviser Norman Roule on the Iran Nuclear Deal | Sky News

I would say the deal had certain advantages. However, the deal was perceived by its opponents to have multiple constraints, which were exploited by Iran to enable it to conduct an unprecedented expansion inside the region and an expansion of its missile program.

UANI Senior Adviser Norman Roule on the Iran Nuclear Deal | Bloomberg Markets: Americas

Supporters of the Iran deal will say that [the president’s withdrawal from it] sends a message to North Korea that perhaps the U.S. cannot be relied upon, and the administration will have to work through that. At the same time it tells the North Koreans that we are not going seek a deal similar to the Iran deal, which as opponents state, all the benefits were provided upfront, where the deal was allowed to be piecemeal, where the deal allowed our adversary to retain a large portion of its nuclear enterprise in what was perceived as an unconstrained fashion.

UANI Senior Adviser Norman Roule on Iran Nuclear Deal | CBS News

The President, I believe, is concerned, and rightfully so, that there has been little done to push back against Iran’s aggressive posture in the region, its development of new surrogates, its proliferation of advanced missile technology against Saudi Arabia and Israel, and of course its development of an unreasonably large ballistic-missile program which is a threat to the entire region.

UANI President David Ibsen on the Iran Nuclear Deal | Adriana Cohen Show for Boston Herald Radio

I think [U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal] is overdue. I think it was a bold step and it was needed. Any sober, realistic reading of the agreement would see that it was not in the national security interests of the U.S., that it failed in its primary and secondary objectives—mainly to verify the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and secondarily to increase the moderation, if you call it that, of the Iranian regime.

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM

Pompeo to Immediately Pursue Talks with Allies on Iran: U.S. Officials | Reuters

Immediately on returning from North Korea on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will embark on talks with allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to try to persuade them to press Iran to curb its nuclear and missile programs, U.S. officials said.

Mattis, Who Supported Staying in Iran Deal, Holds Out Hope for Curtailing Tehran | Washington Post

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis held out hope that renewed efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in consultation with European nations could still work, a day after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear pact, upsetting some of the Pentagon’s most important allies abroad.

EU Can't Save Iran Nuclear Deal after U.S. Move: Senior Revolutionary Guard | Reuters

European countries are powerless to salvage the nuclear deal with Iran after the United States pulled out, the deputy head of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Thursday.

EU Envoy Says Iran Deal Will Not ‘Fall Apart’ without the US | Associated Press

The Iran nuclear deal will not “fall apart” despite the United States withdrawing from the landmark accord, the European Union’s representative to China said Wednesday.

Iran May Use Nuclear Deal Structure To Try To Isolate US | Al Monitor

President Donald Trump could soon face the first public test of his nuclear deal gambit as Iran weighs a formal complaint against the United States for violating the agreement.

Five Options for Iran After Trump’s Withdrawal From Nuclear Pact | Wall Street Journal

Here is a look at Iran’s options after President Donald Trump announced he will pull the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

John Bolton: Pulling Out of Iran Deal 'Got Back to Real Objective' of Stopping Iran's Nuclear Ambitions | Fox News

National Security Adviser John Bolton said in an "Ingraham Angle" exclusive that the Iran nuclear deal has been "flawed from the beginning”... "It's in our security interest to get out of this flawed deal," he said, adding that now, there is a better ability "stop this dangerous [Iranian] regime."

Macron Calls Us Exit From Iran Deal a 'Mistake' | Associated Press

French President Emmanuel Macron says U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to exit the nuclear deal with Iran was "a mistake."

Trump is Exactly Right about Iran's Misdeeds | Timothy Stanley for CNN

Donald Trump pulling America out of the Iran nuclear deal is the biggest thing he's yet done on the international stage, with the greatest consequences. I understand entirely why people might feel nervous: Iran's warning that it is ready to start nuclear enrichment was frightening. But the President is, on balance, correct. Either the world deals with Iran now, or it deals with a nuclear Iran in the future.

Why Trump Was Completely Right To Kill The Iran Deal | New York Post Editorial Board

Finally: A US president is pushing back on Iran’s dangerous and growing power. President Trump’s decision Tuesday to withdraw from Team Obama’s badly flawed Iran deal and reimpose sanctions sends a clear message to the mullahs: The jig’s up.

Trump is Exactly Right about Iran's Misdeeds | Timothy Stanley for CNN

Donald Trump pulling America out of the Iran nuclear deal is the biggest thing he's yet done on the international stage, with the greatest consequences. I understand entirely why people might feel nervous: Iran's warning that it is ready to start nuclear enrichment was frightening. But the President is, on balance, correct. Either the world deals with Iran now, or it deals with a nuclear Iran in the future.

Out of the Iran Deal | National Review Editorial Board

The president is right to recoil from [the Iran deal’s shortcomings]. The challenge, as always, is to craft something better. Presumably, the Europeans and Iran will attempt to preserve the agreement. Much will depend on whether Trump is willing to squeeze the Europeans with secondary sanctions that make them choose between us and the Iranians. And it makes no sense to rip up the deal if Trump isn’t willing to back a comprehensive anti-Iran strategy that means staying engaged in Syria and Iraq.

SANCTIONS & OTHER BUSINESS RISKS

Foreign Firms Doing Business In Iran May Face Sanctions, U.S. Warns | NBC News

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal has left foreign firms with a choice: Stop doing business in Iran or run the risk of U.S. sanctions. Multinational companies have billions of dollars tied up in Iran. In 2016, the European Union exported more than €8.2 billion ($9.7 billion) worth of goods to Iran, while importing almost €5.5 billion ($6.5 billion) from there, according to the European Commission.

Here Are the Businesses Most Affected by U.S. Sanctions on Iran | CBS News

Major companies like Boeing could see billions of dollars in commercial deals canceled because of the U.S. decision to reinstall sanctions on Iran, though the ultimate impact remains unclear due to the possibility of renegotiations and exemptions, experts say.

Trump’s Iran Sanctions to Shake Up Global Oil Supply Lines | Wall Street Journal

Washington’s decision to reinstate Iranian sanctions is likely to slowly cut off a chunk of the world’s crude supply—a shift that could redraw global supply lines and require Iran’s big customers to find alternative sources.

How Trump's Iran Deal Exit Could Hit Aviation, Oil And Car Industries | Guardian (U.K.)

Billions of dollars of deals signed by international companies with Iran are under threat after the US president, Donald Trump, announced he was pulling out of a “rotten” nuclear deal with Tehran.

Mnuchin: Boeing’s Sales Licenses to Iran Will Be Revoked | Associated Press

The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal means Boeing’s licenses to sell billions of dollars in commercial jetliners to Iran will be revoked [as will those of its competitor Airbus], Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday.

EU Defense Of Iran Deal Brings Companies Little Relief | Reuters

European governments vowed on Wednesday to try to shield their improved economic ties with Iran from the impact of renewed U.S. sanctions, but business leaders struck a more pessimistic note.

Can Europe Keep Doing Business With Iran? | CNN

President Donald Trump is pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal and bringing back harsh economic sanctions. But it's how European governments and companies respond that may matter most. Germany, France and the United Kingdom have vowed to uphold the agreement, setting up a showdown with the Trump administration over trade with Iran.

New U.S. Envoy Warns German Firms to Wind Down Business In Iran | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump’s new ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, warned German companies to halt activities in Iran after the U.S. leader said Washington was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and would reimpose sanctions.

MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE MATTERS & PROXY WARS

US Troops, Carrier Brace for Possible Fallout from Scrapped Iran Deal | Military.com

A coalition commander expressed confidence Tuesday that U.S. and partnered forces in the Mideast are prepared for any provocations stemming from President Donald Trump's scrapping of the Iran nuclear deal. The estimated 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and 5,000 in Iraq have already been bolstered by the arrival in the eastern Mediterranean of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, which began airstrikes May 3 against Islamic State targets in Syria.

Mattis Stresses Work with Allies on Iran, Even after Major Split | Reuters

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis moved to allay concerns on Wednesday that the United States had alienated itself from close allies with its decision to withdraw from an international nuclear deal with Iran.

[Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu] in Cyprus: Iran Hopes To Build Naval Bases in Mediterranean | Jerusalem Post

Iran hopes to set up a naval base on the Mediterranean Sea for its warships and submarines that would pose a “palpable threat” to everyone, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in Nicosia.

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS

Trump Says Iran Will Negotiate Or 'Something Will Happen' | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that, after he announced the United States would be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and imposing new sanctions, Iran would either negotiate or “something will happen.” It was not immediately clear what actions he was suggesting would take place.

CONGRESS & IRAN

Congressional Leaders Split on Trump Withdrawal From Iran Deal | Associated Press

Congressional leaders are split, but not neatly along party lines, over President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Some welcomed the pullout, believing the 2015 accord was unsound, but others worried the U.S. was now in the position of reneging on an international commitment and without a backup plan.

Cory Gardner Defends Trump’s Decision To Ditch Iran Nuclear Deal; Michael Bennet Calls It “Reckless” | Denver Post

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Tuesday that he supported President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, and he suggested the U.S. should work with its allies to seek new economic sanctions against Tehran.

SYRIA, ISRAEL & IRAN

Syria Blames Israel for Strike Near Damascus; Target Was Iranian Missiles Aimed at Israel | Haaretz (Israel)

Syria said Tuesday that Israel carried out an attack on a military base south of Damascus, which was used by Iranian forces. According to reports, Israeli fighter jets entered Syrian airspace and struck Iranian missiles aimed at Israel. The Israeli military said it identified what it said was unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria, and it believed those forces were preparing for an imminent retaliation against Israel.

Main Syrian Opposition Backs Trump’s Iran Move, Calls It Real Opportunity | AFP

Syrian opposition leaders on a visit to London on Wednesday welcomed President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS

As Trump Leaves Iran Deal, Families Of Americans Jailed In Iran Urge Talks | Reuters

A day after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, several families of American prisoners held in the Islamic Republic urged the White House to start humanitarian talks with Tehran to win their release.

Relatives Of American Prisoners In Iran Ask: What Now? | New York Times

Relatives of Americans imprisoned in Iran implored the Trump administration on Wednesday not to forget their loved ones, whose fates may have just become murkier now that the United States has quit the nuclear accord.

 

NORTH KOREA & IRAN

Trump’s Exit from Iran Nuclear Pact Adds Variable to North Korea Talks | Wall Street Journal

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal injects a new variable ahead of his coming talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The move could make it harder to convince the North Korean regime that the U.S. is reliable in standing by deals it makes. But it also signals a tougher line that could give Mr. Trump more leverage with a counterpart that Washington regards as having a history of backtracking on nuclear deals.

CHINA & IRAN

China Is the Big Wild Card in Trump's Iran Decision | CNN

President Donald Trump put Iran back in the penalty box on Tuesday — but the impact on the oil market could be determined by how China responds. China, a voracious consumer of oil, holds great sway because it's Iran's biggest customer.

GULF STATES, YEMEN, & IRAN

Saudi Arabia Will Not Act Alone to Fill Any Iran Oil Shortfall: OPEC Source | Reuters

Saudi Arabia is monitoring the impact of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on oil supplies and is ready to offset any shortage but it will not act alone to fill the gap, an OPEC source familiar with the kingdom’s oil thinking said.

Gulf Braces for Fallout After Us Exit From Iran Deal | Agence France-Presse

Gulf Arab countries were on Wednesday bracing for the economic and security fallout after President Donald Trump announced the United States was exiting the Iran nuclear deal. Three countries led by Saudi Arabia immediately backed Trump while Qatar reacted cautiously. Oman and Kuwait also gave circumspect positions.