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Two Arrested for Allegedly Spying for Iran in U.S. | Reuters

Two Iranian men were indicted on Monday for allegedly spying for Tehran in the United States, including conducting surveillance at a Jewish facility and gathering information on backers of the militant Iranian opposition Mujahideen-e Khalq, the Justice Department said.

Exclusive: Iraq to Ask U.S. for Exemptions on Some Iran Sanctions | Reuters

Iraq's economy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad is going to ask Washington for permission to ignore some U.S. sanctions on its neighbor, Iraqi government and central bank officials said.

Iranian Journalist Jailed for 10 Years for ‘Insulting’ Imam on Twitter | Agence France-Presse

An Iranian journalist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for “insulting” an imam from the ninth century on Twitter, his lawyer told local media on Monday.

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM

Europe Should Stop Trying to Save the Iran Deal | Bloomberg Editorial

 

In the three months since U.S. President Donald Trump unwisely abrogated the nuclear deal with Iran, Europe’s leaders have been vowing to keep it alive. They must now face what is already clear to business leaders everywhere: The agreement cannot be revived. The sooner work begins on a new one, the better for everyone involved.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Developments Since US Walkout in May | AFP

Key developments since the United States quit the 2015 Iran nuclear deal three months ago and reimposed sanctions.

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS

Iran Fears Oil Market Share Loss Ahead of Renewed U.S. Sanctions | Radio Farda

Iran’s representative to OPEC, Kazem Gharibabadi, has said no member of OPEC should produce more than its quota and take over another member’s shares on the market. Gharibabadi’s statement comes on the heels of announcements by U.S. ally Saudi Arabia and Russia that they will increase production to insure a secure supply ahead of the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil.

 

Trump Aide: US Wants European Allies to Apply Pressure on Iran | Voice of America

 

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser on Monday called the international nuclear agreement with Iran a "wretched deal" and said the United States is working to persuade European allies to apply more pressure on Iran.

 

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS

Anatomy of Suppression in Iran: The Institutions & Tactics That Repeatedly Quash Dissent | Radio Farda

It remains to be seen if this latest round of protests in Iran will continue to gain momentum or not. One thing is for certain, the Islamic Republic is skilled at “managing” a discontented populous—opposition activists call it suppression.

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS

Iran Says U.S. Doesn't Dare to Attack Iran | Reuters

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the United States does not dare to attack Iran as it is aware of the Islamic Republic’s military power and the high price of conflict.

In Europe, Fears Loom That the U.S. Is Seeking Regime Collapse In Iran | Axios

European analysts and diplomats alike are increasingly concerned that the Trump administration might be pursuing a policy of destabilizing Iran.

MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE MATTERS & PROXY WARS

Iran Unveils New Fighter Jet with Washington In Mind | Fox News

Iran displayed a new fighter jet Tuesday, saying it comes with advanced avionics and fire control systems and will enhance its deterrence capabilities in confronting Washington.

Iran Must Develop Military to Guard Against Other Powers: President | Reuters

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the country had to develop its military forces to prevent other states taking over its territory and resources.

IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS

Iran Arrests More People in Crackdown on Profiting from Economic Crisis | Voice of America

Iran says it has arrested more suspects in a crackdown against profiteering from an economic crisis triggered by the recent re-imposition of U.S. sanctions against the country.

'Death Threat' from Iran's Vatican Intensifies Debate Over Rohani Government | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

A perceived death threat against President Hassan Rohani within the seminary of the holy Shi'ite city of Qom has led to controversy in Iran, with some calling it a disaster for the seminary -- home to thousands of influential clerics and theology students -- and others demanding an investigation.

Iran Parliament Report Reveals 17 Dual Nationals in Government | Al Monitor

After the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, a widespread fear among Iranian hard-liners was that the United States and Western European countries would begin to “infiltrate” key institutions in Iran and attempt to influence domestic cultural, political and economic policy.

 

NORTH KOREA & IRAN

Iran–North Korea Meeting — A Message for the US? | David Maxwell and Behnam Ben Taleblu for the Hill

As U.S. sanctions on Iran entered into force on August 7, Tehran was busy playing host to the foreign minister of the ultimate rogue nuclear regime, North Korea… It is unknown if the meetings were planned for this date or rescheduled to coincide with sanctions. However, three provocative statements did result from the meetings, all of which point to greater coordination and cooperation between Tehran and Pyongyang.

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN.

Hezbollah Showcases Khaibar-1 Missiles | An-Nahar (Lebanon)

Hezbollah has showcased another aspect of its wide arsenal at the "Mleeta Resistance Tourist Landmark," displaying four Khaibar-1 missiles.

The Great Middle Eastern War of 2019 | Nadav Ben Hour and Michael Eisenstadt for the American Interest

Growing tensions on Israel’s northern border have raised concerns about yet another Israel-Hezbollah confrontation or a war between Israel and Iran in Syria. Such a war may not be limited to the original participants, but could involve an array of Shi‘a militias and even the Assad regime, and could span the region—thereby affecting vital U.S. interests.

 

GULF STATES, YEMEN, & IRAN

Houthi-Hezbollah Meeting Is Foreboding for Yemen's Future | National (UAE) Editorial

Attempts to replicate the Hezbollah model in Yemen will destroy hopes of peace.

IRAQ & IRAN

Iran Resume Supplying Electricity to Iraq: Tasnim | Reuters

Iran said on Tuesday that it resumed supplying electricity to Iraq and other neighboring countries 10 days ago, and it will be increasing it.

Iran–Iraq War, 30 Years Later: From Foes to Allies with U.S. in Between | Newsweek

Iran and Iraq fought a bloody eight-year struggle that ended in a stalemate 30 years ago Sunday, only to become close allies in the region today—a situation that often leads to trouble for U.S. policy in the Middle East.

CYBERWARFARE

It’s Not Just Russia. China, North Korea, and Iran Could Interfere In 2018 Elections, Too. | Vox

National Security Adviser John Bolton is warning that Russia is working to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. That may not surprise you, but this might: He’s warning that three other countries are doing it, too.