Eye on Iran: Trump Waives Iran Sanctions for What Administration Says Is Last Time

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Trump Waives Iran Sanctions for What Administration Says Is Last Time | Hill

President Trump will again waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, the White House said Friday. But the Trump administration is imposing new, nonnuclear sanctions in response to Iran's ballistic missile activity and its crackdown on anti-government protestors. Trump also warned that this will be the last such waiver, calling for a follow-on deal with Europeans and a legislative fix from Congress.  

In Iran, Protester 'Suicides' Stir Anger and Calls for Accountability | New York Times

Two of the detained young men killed themselves, and another was a terrorist who died in a clash with security forces, Iran's government officials have declared with finality. But in an extraordinary display of audacity, many Iranians, including a number of lawmakers and a top entertainment star, have assailed such conclusions. The three young men were among more than two dozen Iranians who died in the wave of antigovernment protests that swept the country a few weeks ago, the most serious unrest to confront the Islamic republic's political-religious hierarchy in nearly a decade. The men's personal stories that have since emerged have struck a nerve among many Iranians, who see glaring contradictions in the official accounts of the facts.

Iran Violated Yemen Arms Embargo, U.N. Experts Say | New York Times

A United Nations panel has concluded that Iran violated an arms embargo imposed on Yemen by failing to prevent the Houthi rebels in that war-ravaged nation from obtaining Iranian missiles, including one fired hundreds of miles into Saudi Arabia two months ago.

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

Iran Military Sites Off-Limits For IAEA Inspections | Mehr News Agency (Iran)

AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi has said in Iran no figure is authorized to give access to IAEA to visit military sites, and there is essentially nothing included in the Safeguards Agreement, Additional Protocol, and JCPOA, regarding the issue. Dismissing the quartet conditions of the President of the United States Donald Trump, regarding JCPOA renegotiation, Kamalvandi said "in the past, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog inspected Iran's Parchin military site and the case was closed, and now there is no request from IAEA to have access to a military site in the country."

U.S. Ultimatum on Nuclear Deal, New Sanctions Draw Iran Threat | Reuters

Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against new sanctions imposed by the United States after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix "disastrous flaws" in a deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran Rejects Trump's Demand for Changing Nuclear Deal | Associated Press

Iran said Saturday it won't accept any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after President Donald Trump vowed to pull out of the accord in a few months if European allies did not fix its "terrible flaws." 

US Has Failed to Undermine Nuclear Deal, Says Iranian President | The Guardian (U.K.)

Iran's president says the United States has failed to undermine a nuclear deal between Tehran and the world's major powers, and hailed the accord as a "long-lasting victory" for Iran, state television reported. 

Russia Will Work to Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal, FM Lavrov Says | Reuters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow will work to preserve the existing Iran nuclear deal despite Washington threatening to withdraw from it. 

Macron Tells Netanyahu the Iran Nuclear Deal Must Be Preserved | Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pressed the importance of maintaining Iran's nuclear accord, the Elysee Palace said on Saturday. 

Trump's Demand to Rewrite Iran Deal Tests a Weakened Diplomatic Corps | New York Times

President Trump, by demanding on Friday that European allies agree to rewrite the Iran nuclear deal within 120 days or he will kill it, set himself a diplomatic challenge that would be formidable even for an administration with a deep bench of experienced negotiators. For Mr. Trump, who has filled his national security ranks with retired military officers and allowed his State Department to languish, the challenge is even more profound. 

IRAN PROTESTS

Iran Says Hundreds of Protesters Released from Detention | Washington Post

Iranian officials said Sunday that hundreds of people detained in recent weeks during anti-government protests have been released and acknowledged that at least 25 people were killed during the unrest. 

Iran Lifts Block on Telegram App Imposed During Unrest: Report | Reuters

Iran on Saturday lifted restrictions on the messaging app Telegram, the state news agency IRNA said, after blocking the popular service as security forces sought to contain the most widespread public protests in the country since 2009. 

New Data Shed Light on the Dramatic Protests in Iran | Peyman Asadzade for Washington Post

As the available data on unemployment show, the recent protests in small cities are likely to be associated with high unemployment rates. The data suggest that joblessness rate is not merely an economic issue and could have political implications. In fact, the unexpected involvement of towns and small cities in the recent demonstrations exhibits how unemployment can become a basis of political action and trigger radical anti-government protests that challenge the entire political system.

This Time, The Iron Fist Wasn't Iran's Only Response to Protests | Bloomberg

Plenty of force was on display as Iran's authorities stamped out protests over the past two weeks. Something more unexpected emerged as well: a political debate. The last time Iranians took to the streets en masse, in 2009, the clampdown was swift and absolute. Then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad characterized protesters as "dirt and dust." This time, too, there have been hundreds of arrests, and at least 25 deaths. But both main factions in Iranian politics claimed to see something legitimate in demonstrators' demands -- even if they disagree about what it is. Analysts see several reasons for the difference. Unrest didn't spread to Tehran, or draw in the influential middle class, making it less threatening.

SYRIA & IRAN

US Touts Military Build-Up Against Iran in Syria | Al Monitor

With the Islamic State (IS) on the run across Syria, the Donald Trump administration has committed to using US armed forces in the country to counter Iranian influence.