U.S. And Iran Weighing ‘Final’ E.U. Offer On Nuclear Deal

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U.S. And Iran Weighing ‘Final’ E.U. Offer On Nuclear Deal | The New York Times 

Seventeen months after the United States and Iran began negotiating a possible return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal abandoned by President Donald J. Trump, the European Union has presented a “final” proposal for the two sides to consider before the talks collapse for good, Western officials said. The negotiations have carried on through many pauses, crises and threatened conclusions, and it is far from certain that the latest proposal represents a final chapter. But U.S. and E.U. officials say their patience has worn paper thin, as Iran steadily expands its nuclear program.  

US Renews Iran Sanctions Waiver For Civilian Nuclear Activities | Al Monitor 

The Biden administration has notified Congress that it renewed a sanctions waiver allowing international cooperation on some of Iran’s civilian nuclear projects, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to Al-Monitor. The waiver, which was set to expire this month, permits foreign companies to conduct certain non-proliferation work at Iranian nuclear sites without incurring US sanctions. Its renewal was expected, and the State Department notified lawmakers on Friday, congressional aides said.

Iran Grants 5-Day Furlough For French-Iranian Citizen | Associated Press 

Iranian authorities granted a furlough for a French-Iranian academic who was sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly spreading propaganda, Iranian media reported Tuesday. The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Fariba Adelkhah’s attorney, Hojjat Kermani, as saying Adelkhah was on leave for five days but hoped that would be extended. In January, Iranian justice officials ordered the re-imprisonment of Adelkhah, who was arrested in 2019. Adelkhah for a time had been allowed to serve a five-year prison sentence under house arrest.  

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM 

In Desperate Effort To Salvage Iran Nuclear Deal, Will US Cave To EU Appeasement? | Fox News 

The European Union on Monday submitted a final nuclear arms text to Iran’s regime to temporarily curb Tehran’s ambitions to develop an atomic bomb in exchange for more than $100 billion in sanctions relief. The elements of the nuclear package disturb many arms controls experts because they believe that the E.U. is on a concessionary negotiation track that is stuck in the past. "Safeguards issues cannot simply be swept under the rug because the E.U. is trying to restore an element of its foreign policy legacy. 2022 is not 2015.

Iran Nuclear Deal: What Issues Remain After Talks End? | The National 

Iran and world powers could be weeks away from reviving the 2015 nuclear accord that could lift punishing trade restrictions in exchange for the resumption of UN nuclear inspections aimed at verifying whether Tehran is restricting its nuclear programmes to civilian research. EU diplomats said on Monday that 16 months of negotiations had now come to an end and that the text of a potential agreement had been finalised in a 25-page draft document. All that remained, they said, was for US President Joe Biden and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to sign off on the deal, adding that there were “weeks” left to complete this final step.  

EU Envisions 'Very Quick' Responses On 'Final Text' Of Iran Nuclear Deal | Radio Free Europe 

The European Union says that the United States and Iran are likely to respond "very quickly" to a "final text" that has emerged to revive a crippled nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. EU foreign policy chief and negotiations coordinator Josep Borrell said on August 8 that the 25-page draft had been delivered to the capitals involved for decisions on acceptance. "We have a final text. So it's the moment for a decision: yes or no. And we expect all participants to take this decision very quickly," Peter Stano, Borrell's spokesman, told reporters on August 9.  

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS  

US Accuses Chinese Cable Manufacturer Of Helping ZTE Hide Business With Iran | Reuters 

The United States on Tuesday accused Far East Cable, China’s largest wire and cable manufacturer, of violating US export controls related to shipments to Iran, the Commerce Department said.Far East Cable entered into an agreement in 2013 to buy equipment from Chinese telecomunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. and then contracted with Iranian companies to supply telecommunications equipment and parts, the Commerce Department said in a charging letter. It accused Far East Cable of 18 violations of US export controls.  

TERRORISM & EXTREMISM 

FBI Accuses Iran Of Attempted Terrorist Attacks, Kidnappings, Cyberattacks | Iran International 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the Iranian regime and “its terrorist partners” aren’t just a threat to the Middle East, but also a critical risk for the United States.  In a number of tweets on Monday, the FBI said Iran and its proxy groups “don't just endanger the Middle East -- they also put Americans, US national security, and our country's critical infrastructure at risk.” Sharing a link to a page on its website about how it is fighting back against the Iranian threat, the bureau added that the risk by the Islamic Republic is not theoretical.  

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS 

Dozens Of Iranian Activists Condemn Islamic Republic's Oppression Of Baha'i Community | Radio Free Europe 

A group of 70 political and civil activists, university professors, artists, and human rights activists from Ian and abroad have condemned in a joint statement the Islamic Republic's treatment of the Baha'i community following a spike in restrictions and pressure on its members. "The arbitrary suppression and arrest of Baha'i citizens in various cities has intensified in recent days as more Baha'i students have been deprived of education," the signatories said.  

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN 

US Officials Concerned As Russia Launches Iranian Satellite | BBC News 

Russia has successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit amid US concerns over its planned purpose. The satellite, called Khayyam, was launched from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. Iran has said it will be used for environmental monitoring and will remain under Tehran's control. But last week, US officials told the Washington Post that they feared the satellite could be used by Moscow to spy on troop movements in Ukraine.  

Russians Have Begun Training On Iranian Drones, US Believes | CNN 

The US believes Russian officials have begun training on drones in Iran over the last several weeks, the latest sign that Russia intends to purchase the systems as the war in Ukraine continues. "During the last several weeks, Russian officials conducted training in Iran as part of the agreement for UAV transfers from Iran to Russia," a US official told CNN. The official said the intelligence about the training has recently been declassified. CNN has reached out to the Russian embassy in Washington for comment. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said last month that Russia had "no comments on the matter" when asked by reporters about the drones.  

Iran Receives First Telemetry Data From "Khayyam" Satellite, IRNA Reports | Reuters 

Iran's Space Organisation has received the first telemetry data sent from the "Khayyam" satellite, a remote-sensing Iranian satellite launched on Tuesday by a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the official IRNA news agency said. Tehran has rejected claims the satellite could be used by Moscow to boost its intelligence capabilities in Ukraine, saying Iran will have full control and operation over it "from day one".