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Zarif after deal: ‘The world has changed’

by Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor — THE LEVANT NEWS — VIENNA: On the famous balcony in Palais Coburg, Al-Monitor spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a few hours after he, along with EU special representative Federica Mogherini, had announced the historic deal concluding a 13-year standoff over Iran’s …

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Obama’s official announcement re Iran’s deal

THE LEVANT NEWS — Here is the full text of President Barak Obama speech regarding Iran’s deal: “Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States — together with our international partners — has achieved what decades of animosity has not: A comprehensive, long-term deal that will verifiably prevent Iran …

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U.S. and Iran Reach Historic Nuclear Deal

The agreement, swapping sanctions relief for new limits on Tehran’s nuclear program, came after Washington bowed to Iranian demands to lift a U.N. arms embargo. BY DAN DE LUCE, COLUM LYNCH FOR FOREIGN POLICY — Iran and six world powers agreed to a historic deal Tuesday that will impose limits …

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Lebanon must ready for U.S.-Iran detente

By Basem Shabb for The Daily Star — A nuclear accord between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany, is almost certain. In this context, of particular importance will be an agreement reached between Tehran and Washington. The Obama administration has embarked on …

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Swiss prosecutors conduct spying probe over Iran talks

Source: Associated Press — Swiss prosecutors say they are conducting an espionage investigation amid suspicions that Swiss hotels hosting talks on Iran’s nuclear program have been targeted in a cyber-spying campaign. Kaspersky, a cybersecurity firm, said this week it uncovered the campaign and that the malware was so sophisticated it must …

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France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears

Source: Reuters — France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week ruled out international inspection of Iran’s military sites or …

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Iran’s new strategy in Syria

By Ali Hashem for Al-MONITOR — For the past four years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been involved thoroughly in the developments taking place in Syria. The Iranian role reached its peak with the decision to defend the Syrian regime with all possible means, defining the war taking place …

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Why an open Iran offers extensive upsides

Jay Pelosky for FINANCIAL TIMES — A nuclear deal could stimulate an accelerated transition and pave the way to stability and growth Iran has been closed for about 35 years, so a recent visit was an unusual event. On the ground, Iran reminded one of earlier economic and market transitions …

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Mohammad Javad Zarif: A Message From Iran

  By MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIFAPRIL for THE NEW YORK TIMES — TEHRAN — WE made important progress in Switzerland earlier this month. With the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, we agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s …

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After nuclear deal, what’s next for Iran?

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian for AL-MONITOR — The historic political framework between Iran and the world powers April 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Iran’s nuclear program — to be developed into a comprehensive agreement by the end of June — has indeed changed the entire landscape. After more than a decade of roller-coaster …

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Soleimani: No more selfies

By Arash Karami for AL_MONITOR — When the fighters of the Islamic State (IS) took over large parts of western Iraq in the summer of 2014, Iran did not hesitate to assist both Iraqi and Kurdish forces in pushing back against the advance of the terrorist group. Iran’s geopolitical decision was also …

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Russia Lifts Ban on Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Iran

BY REID STANDISH, ELIAS GROLLAPRIL for FOREIGN POLICY — Russia announced Monday that it will allow the sale of advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, which would significantly improve the Islamic Republic’s air defense systems. In recent years, the United States and Israel have lobbied Moscow not to supply Tehran …

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The New Deal

By Jessica T. Mathews for THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS — 1. During the months of negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran, opponents of a deal have loudly anticipated failure, either because a deal wouldn’t be reached, wouldn’t be good enough, or wouldn’t be upheld by Tehran. Charging that …

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Russia Nervously Eyes the U.S.-Iran Deal

By Reva Bhalla — Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly — When a group of weary diplomats announced a framework for an Iranian nuclear accord last week in Lausanne, there was one diplomat in the mix whose feigned enthusiasm was hard to miss. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov left the talks at their …

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A changed Iran? Obama aides divided

Some in the White House doubt a nuclear deal would alter the regime’s attitude toward the U.S. By MICHAEL CROWLEY for politico.com — Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have suggested that a nuclear deal with Iran could be a step towards thawed relations between Washington …

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Iran and The Strategic Interaction With The Crises

Exclusive – By Salam al Rabadi* — Iran can be regarded as a model of strategic planning whether it : in the internal planning level or in the nature of external strategic options for crisis management and response. It is clear that Iran adopts a vision based on the construction …

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Announcement on preliminary Iran deal expected

By Laura Rozen for Al-MONITOR — LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Diplomats from Iran and six world powers seemed poised to announce a political agreement here on major elements of a final Iran nuclear accord, after working through the night to try to close remaining differences. But the agreement is only the …

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AP: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site

By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE – Source: AP —   LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated …

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Iran Seeks to Avoid Specifics In Nuclear Talks

By DAVID E. SANGER and MICHAEL R. GORDON FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES —  If an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear capability is reached by deadline in the next seven days, one thing may be missing: an actual written accord, signed by the Iranians. Over the past few weeks, Iran has increasingly …

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Signs point to US and Iran closing in on a nuclear deal

By Barbara Slavin for ALJAZEERA AMERICA – @BarbaraSlavin1 – Iran’s Supreme Leader is often opaque in his pronouncements on the Islamic Republic’s dealings with foreign powers. That’s why many observers deemed significant the unmistakably supportive tone of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Feb. 8 comments on the matter in a speech to …

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Iran paper under fire for Charlie Hebdo cover

By Arash Karami for Al-Monitor – Iranian officials and most Iranian media outlets have condemned the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by Muslim extremists in which twelve people were killed. However, most officials have also condemned the magazine for publishing images that they consider insulting to the …

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US, Iranian opponents could blow up nuclear negotiations

By Barbara Slavin for Aljazeera Aemrica – @BarbaraSlavin1 – Before meeting this week in Geneva with Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he hoped to accelerate the drawn-out negotiations over a comprehensive nuclear deal. While Zarif did not specify the reason for expediting talks, pressures …

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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Message To Hajj Pilgrims

THE LEVANT – Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a message to the Hajj pilgrims on Friday. The full text of the message is as follows: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful And praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds and Allah’s Greetings to Mohammad …

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