Iran Sends EU Nuclear Deal Response And Signals Pact Is Near

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Iran Sends EU Nuclear Deal Response And Signals Pact Is Near | Bloomberg

Iran sent the European Union its official response to the bloc’s proposal for reviving the 2015 nuclear accord after signaling it may be nearer a deal with the US that could restore Iranian oil exports to global markets. The semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency, citing an “informed source,” said Tehran’s position on the latest draft text had been sent to the EU’s top envoy, Josep Borrell. The Islamic Republic expects a reply in the next two days, ISNA said, without giving any more details. Earlier Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, said an agreement can be reached with Washington to restore the beleaguered accord in the next few days “if the US shows a realistic approach and flexibility.”  

Iran-Backed Newspaper Threatens Trump, Pompeo Assassinations After Salman Rushdie Stabbing | Fox News 

The propaganda newspaper Kayhan, the mouthpiece for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, announced in a blaring editorial on its front page that the assassination of President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the cards. In an editorial on Saturday, the newspaper wrote, "The attack on [Rushdie] shows it is not a difficult job to take similar revenge on Trump and Pompeo and from now on they will feel more in danger for their lives."  

Explainer: Rushdie Attack Shows The Enduring Impact Of Fatwas | Reuters 

The 1989 fatwa imposed by Iran's late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Salman Rushdie for his novel “the Satanic Verses” has haunted many liberal novelists and thinkers whose writings were also seen as insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammad. The attempt on Rushdie's life in New York on Friday is not an isolated incident. Novelists, academics and journalists -- particularly in the Middle East -- who dared criticise or question Islamic beliefs have faced similar threats or condemnation from religious figures. They were either murdered, arrested, flogged or forced into hiding or exile.

 

UANI IN THE NEWS 

Iran Is Stuck In Biden’s Blind Spot | UANI Advisory Board Member John Bolton For The Washington Post 

It has been somewhat surreal over the past few days, I admit, to be speaking publicly about Iran’s plot to assassinate me and many other American citizens on American soil. Fortunately, as an alumnus of the Reagan administration’s Justice Department, I have seen once again the diligent, enormously competent and courageous work of FBI agents and Justice Department attorneys who uncovered and pursued Iran’s murderous plots. And, thanks to President Biden, I again receive Secret Service protection, as I did when I served as national security adviser.  

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM 

Iran Says Some Issues Still Pending As Deadline For Nuclear Deal Looms | The Wall Street Journal 

Iran on Monday said there were several issues with the nuclear-deal draft text that the U.S. needs to address before Tehran can agree to it, leaving the fate of the nuclear agreement’s revival still uncertain. The European Union had set Monday as the deadline for Iran, the U.S. and the other countries in the 2015 deal to say whether they would accept the deal or not, according to diplomats. The EU last week circulated what it called a “final text” on reviving the accord and sent the draft following four days of talks in Vienna, saying the 16 months of negotiations were now over.  

Iran Must Abandon 'Extraneous' Demands In Nuclear Talks -U.S. | Reuters 

The only way to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is for Tehran to abandon its extraneous demands, the U.S. State Department said on Monday, saying Washington believes everything that can be negotiated already has been. State Department spokesman Ned Price told a briefing that the United States would provide its response to the European Union's "final" text on reviving the deal in private but gave no timeline. The EU asked for a response on Monday, diplomats said, and Iran has said it will comply.  

Iranian Adviser Suggests Nuclear Deal Is 'Closer' Than Ever As Tehran Responds To EU Proposal | CNN

Iran has sent its response to a European Union proposal to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, state news agency IRNA reported, as the country's chief adviser to negotiations tweeted that an agreement was closer than ever, but not yet done. IRNA reported that Iran returned the draft Vienna Agreement to the EU Tuesday, but the agency didn't publish Iran's response. On Twitter, Iran's negotiating team adviser Mohammad Marandi said Iran had "expressed its concerns" about the draft, but the "remaining issues are not very difficult to resolve."  

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS   

Iran Tanker Retrieves Oil Seized By U.S., Set To Leave Greece | Reuters 

An Iranian-flagged tanker has retrieved an oil cargo which the United States had confiscated and is set to leave Greece, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. The seizure from the Lana, formerly the Pegas, prompted Iranian forces in May to seize two Greek tankers in the Middle East Gulf which have not yet been released. The United States had hired a tanker in April to impound the oil onboard the Lana tanker, which had been anchored off Greece. 

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS 

Iranian Government Intensifies Crackdown | Al Monitor 

As the talks to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action continue with uncertainty, the administration of President Ebrahim Raisi is stepping up pressure on activists and dissidents in a bid to ensure at least on the domestic front that it is able to rule the roost. Building on decades of experience in the judiciary where he served as chief justice for nearly three years between 2019-2021, Ebrahim Raisi is working with other branches of the government to stifle critical voices and tighten the noose around the media, political activists, artists and other influencers with unconventional views challenging the status quo, including the forlorn state of the national economy.  

Iran Threatens New Charges Against Detained Swedish Citizen | Iran International

The Iranian judiciary says a Swedish citizen is detained in Iran on suspicion of espionage, adding that he might also face other charges. In a televised news conference on Tuesday, judiciary spokesperson Masoud Setayeshi said the Swedish national was arrested on April 17 but the case is still under investigation.  “A number of documents were discovered from the detainee and are being investigated, and the preliminary investigation is confidential. Based on our clues, another charge may be brought against the suspect,” he said.  Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said late in July that it has arrested a Swedish citizen in Iran on charges of espionage.    

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS

Pompeo: U.S. Must Act To Stop Iranian ‘Hit Squads’ On American Soil | The Washington Times 

The Biden administration must take seriously the threat from Iranian “hit squads” intent on killing U.S. officials on American soil, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, days after revelations that an Iranian paramilitary tried to carry out an assassination plot against him. In an exclusive interview with The Washington Times over the weekend, Mr. Pompeo said the U.S. has an obligation to protect any public figures who come under threat from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). “The Iranians have made a public concerted effort to come after those who had executed American policy, including me. They’ve made no secret about this. The senior leadership in the IRGC has spoken about this, so have others,” Mr. Pompeo said. “They are determined and capable.”  

Biden Under Pressure To Ban Iranian President From Upcoming U.N. Appearance | The Washington Times 

President Biden is facing growing calls to ban Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi from entering the U.S. ahead of next month’s United Nations General Assembly, further complicating the administration’s attempts to restart stalled nuclear talks with Tehran. Iranian opposition groups in the U.S. and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say allowing the hard-line cleric who remains under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses to step foot on American soil to attend the gathering of world leaders in New York would further legitimize the Iranian regime and overlook decades of human rights abuses they say Mr. Raisi carried out before taking office.

AFGHANISTAN & IRAN 

New Congressional Report: U.S.-Trained Afghan Special Forces Forced To Flee To Iran | Foreign Policy 

After the collapse of the Afghan government, thousands of Afghan military personnel—including a number of elite U.S.-trained Afghan commandos—were forced to flee to Iran, potentially delivering closely guarded secrets on U.S. special operators into the hands of a top rival in the Middle East. The plight of commandos forced to flee to Iran is one of many revelations made in a congressional investigation by a top Republican lawmaker into the final days of the war in Afghanistan and chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Kabul as the Taliban took control of the country almost one year ago.