Iran, US To Begin Indirect Nuclear Deal Talks In Qatar

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Iran, US To Begin Indirect Nuclear Deal Talks In Qatar | Associated Press 

Iran and the United States appeared poised Tuesday to start indirect talks in Qatar aimed at finding a way to save Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. The state-owned Tehran Times posted a photograph of Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, in a hotel lobby with Iranian Ambassador to Qatar Hamidreza Dehghani. The newspaper said Bagheri Kani was in Doha, the Qatari capital, for the resumption of the talks. Rob Malley, the U.S. special representative for Iran, arrived in Qatar on Monday night ahead of the talks. The U.S. Embassy in Qatar said Malley met with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to discuss “joint diplomatic efforts to address issues with Iran,” but declined to immediately offer any other details about his trip.  

Iran Applies To Join BRICS Group Of Emerging Countries | Reuters 

Iran has submitted an application to become a member in the group of emerging economies known as the BRICS, an Iranian official said on Monday. Iran's membership in the BRICS group, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, "would result in added values for both sides," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said separately that Argentina had also applied to join the group. Argentinian officials could not be reached for immediate comment.  

Russia's Putin To Meet Iran's Raisi In Ashgabat On Wednesday | Reuters 

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during a visit to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. Putin is making his first known trip abroad since the start of what Moscow calls a "special military operation" in Ukraine. He is expected to meet Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon in Dushanbe later on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin would return to Moscow on Wednesday evening.  

UANI IN THE NEWS

Is Iran's IRGC Falling Apart From The Inside? – Analysis | The Jerusalem Post 

…Regarding the controversy, Jason Brodsky, at United Against a Nuclear Iran, a nonprofit advocacy organization in the US, wrote: “There is one man in the Iranian system who had a great deal to lose amid the multiple mysterious assassinations and explosions gripping the country. The now former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Intelligence Organization, Hossein Taeb, has operated in the shadows. A longtime favored disciple of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Taeb has been a fearsome player in the security establishment.  

Qatar Will Host Indirect Talks Between Iran And US, Iranian Officials Say | The Media Line 

…Jason Brodsky, policy director of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), told The Media Line that Iran seeks to drag out the negotiations for as long as possible to advance its nuclear program while searching for more concessions. Another meeting advances that goal, he said. Talks in Vienna aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers have hosted high-level negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Britain, France, Russia, China and the European Union, as well as indirect negotiations with the United States, but the negotiations have stalled mainly over Tehran’s demand that Washington remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), its elite security force, from the US Foreign Terrorist Organization list.

UANI Policy Director Jason Brodsky On i24news On U.S.-Israel-Arab Defense Meeting | i24 News 

On June 26, 2022, UANI Policy Director Jason Brodsky was interviewed on i24NEWS regarding news of United States talks with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Arab army chiefs. 

Arab, U.S., Israeli Military Alliance Gels As Iran Approaches A-Bomb | The New York Sun  

…“Regional cooperation works in a world where we have a nuclear deal, and in a world where we don’t have one,” the policy director at United Against Nuclear Iran, Jason Brodsky, says in praise of America’s Mideast initiative. Yet, he adds, if at the same time the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is renewed, “the money flow to Iran is a problem.” As in the lead-up to the 2015 deal, Washington is highlighting an internal Israeli debate, where former security officials and current low-level aides express support for the JCPOA renewal.  

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM 

Iran Says ‘Ball In US’s Court’ For Revival Of Nuclear Deal | Al Arabiya 

Iran said on Monday that the revival of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers depends on Washington, amid expectations that talks to save the pact will resume soon after the top EU diplomat's trip to the Islamic Republic. “The ball is in Washington’s court now,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly televised news conference. Top Iranian security official Ali Shamkhani said in a meeting with the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrel on Saturday that Tehran will continue to develop its nuclear program until the West decides to change its “illegal behavior,” Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.  

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS  

Powers Need To Study All Oil Options, Including Iran, Venezuela -France | Reuters

The international community should explore all options to alleviate a Russian squeeze of energy supplies that has spiked prices, including talks with producing nations like Iran and Venezuela, a French presidency official said on Monday. Venezuela has been under U.S. oil sanctions since 2019, and could reroute crude if those restrictions were lifted. Indirect talks between Iran and the United States to revive a nuclear deal that could see sanctions on Tehran lifted and its oil exports resume have been on hold since March, but are due to resume in Doha soon.  

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS 

Iranian Pensioners Return To Streets, Say Government Failing To Meet Promises | Radio Free Europe 

Iranian pensioners and retired public employees showed no signs of letting up in their protests against what they say is the government's failure to address deteriorating living conditions. Videos posted on social media on June 27 showed retirees gathering in at least four cities, Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Arak, and Rasht, chanting slogans against the government of President Ebrahim Raisi. The recent wave of protests by pensioners and retirees comes after the government announced on June 6 that it would increase the monthly salaries of non-minimum-wage retirees by 10 percent, far below a previous pledge for a hike of 38 percent plus 5.15 million Iranian rials ($16).

Iran Intensifies Social Restrictions, Harassment Of Women For Hijab | Iran International 

The government in Iran is intensifying social restrictions, including closing cafés and detaining women for “improper” hijab, reports on social media indicate. Latest news received from the southern historic city of Shiraz say that security forces and ‘morality police’ shut down several cafés and are pressuring others to strictly enforce hijab rules. The same process is taking place in other cities, including Tehran. The hijab or morality police have also expanded patrols in streets, stopping women they believe are not wearing their headscarves properly or for other dress code violations. These law enforcement units are all accompanied by special vans, and they push women into these vehicles for further questioning, admonishment, or arrest.

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS 

Iran Is Worried About US-Israel-Saudi Talks Ahead Of Biden's Trip – Analysis | The Jerusalem Post 

The progression in Israel-Saudi relations is worrying Iran, something that is clear from the significant coverage of Iran on the issue, and also by Iran's attempt to smooth over its relations with Riyadh through Iraq. Iran also hosted Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and is trying to reconnect with Turkey after seeing its warming ties with Israel as of late. However, more significantly, Iran has watched as the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, paid Turkey a visit as well, signaling tough diplomatic times ahead for Iran.

IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS 

Iranian Hardliners Back Raisi’s Low-Key Approach Despite Protests | Financial Times 

To mark the first anniversary of his presidency this month, Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi shunned the conference halls and speeches favoured by his predecessors and instead went to Varamin, a poor suburb of Tehran. “This is far more enjoyable for me,” he told a crowd of people waving Iranian flags. “To see people . . . and hear what concerns they have.” One year since Raisi was elected president, securing victory after his reformist challengers were banned from contesting the poll, his tenure has been characterised by a low-key approach. He rarely makes controversial speeches or clashes with his hardline colleagues, who control all organs of the state.  

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN 

Gantz: Israel Is Building A Middle East Air Defense Alliance Against Iran | The Times Of Israel 

Israel is building a regional air defense alliance to defend its members from Iran, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday, appearing to confirm, at least in part, a report that the Israeli military was in talks with its Saudi and Qatari counterparts on the matter. “We are building our wide partnership with additional countries in the region to ensure a secure, stable and prosperous Middle East. Among other things, this also includes aerial defense,” Gantz said, speaking at the start of his Blue and White party’s faction meeting in the Knesset.  

TURKEY & IRAN 

Iran's Foreign Minister Checks In With Ankara As Turkey Courts Tehran's Foes | Al Monitor 

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was scheduled to be received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara today, part of an effort to manage growing tensions between the prickly regional rivals. Upon his arrival, Amir-Abdollahian said he would be discussing “comprehensive long-term cooperation” between Iran and Turkey with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and Erdogan. The Iranian diplomat's meeting with the Turkish president had not ended as of time of publication. The visit comes just days after Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was in Turkey, where he thanked Turkish leaders for foiling an alleged Iranian assassination plot against its citizens in Istanbul.  

Iran Proxies Increase Attacks On Kurdish Region, Turkish Base – Analysis | The Jerusalem Post 

The US on Sunday condemned attacks on the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The autonomous region in Iraq has suffered numerous threats and attacks by pro-Iran militias over the last years. The US maintains facilities in the region and the region is important for stability, security and also energy exports. Recently, Kurdish parties had not been able to come to an agreement with Muqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad and the parties have a dispute about energy exports. Sadr recently told his members of parliament to leave and this has benefited Iran, potentially threatening the Kurdish region.