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New US Strategy on Iran Poses Dilemma for Allies

NuclearAgreement
PayvandNews -
 How do France, Germany, and the United Kingdom intend to react to the Iran policy that President Donald Trump announced on October 13? The leaders of these states put out a statement late on October 13 that is ambiguous. The relevant passage reads:


By Peter Jenkins (source: LobeLog)

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, and Donald Trump
At the same time as we work to preserve the JCPoA, we share concerns about Iran's ballistic missile programme and regional activities that also affect our European security interests. We stand ready to take further appropriate measures to address these issues in close cooperation with the US.... We look to Iran to engage in constructive dialogue to stop de-stabilising actions and

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Iran's Intelligence Ministry, judiciary clash over sentenced nuclear negotiator

Judiciary
Al-Monitor -
 Conflicting reports about the arrest of an Iranian nuclear negotiator have been circling in Iranian media since August 2016, when Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, spokesman for the judiciary, confirmed the news. The individual, whose name was not initially revealed, is Abdol Rasul Dori Esfahani, a dual Iranian-Canadian national and member of the negotiation team who worked on economic and banking sanctions.


On Oct. 4, the news of Dori Esfahani's

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Trump prompts Rouhani administration, IRGC to close ranks

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Al-Monitor -
 In the wake of emerging reports that Washington is preparing to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the commander of the Guard Corps have adopted a unitary position, warning the White House over the possible consequences of such a move.


In a meeting on the coordination for holding the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, IRGC

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IRGC detains brother of Iran’s first vice president

Arrest
Al-Monitor -
 On Oct. 5, unconfirmed reports about the detention of First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri’s brother surfaced in Iranian media. One day later, Jahangiri confirmed the reports, but distanced himself and President Hassan Rouhani’s administration from his brother, saying his brother never held a governmental position. While it may be true that Mahdi Jahangiri, the detained brother, had no position in government, he is known as one of the most prominent

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Iranian conservatives more divided than ever

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 Following their electoral defeat against the Reformists, Iran’s conservatives appear to be grappling with greater internal differences than ever before. Indeed, the multitude of voices coming out of the Principlist camp seem to have reached an all-time high, and in the absence of one political leader, this could become an Achilles’ heel for them.


These internal differences began as candidates launched their campaigns in the run-up to the May 19

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