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10th October 2018 – FDD Research

SWIFT Sanctions: Frequently Asked Questions

Mark Dubowitz

In 2012, Congress adopted legislation authorizing the president to impose sanctions on persons that provide financial messaging services to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) or any other designated Iranian financial institution. This legislation led to the disconnection of the CBI and other Iranian banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) financial messaging service – widely seen as one of the most powerful sanctions imposed on Iran prior to the 2015 nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iranian banks, however, were reconnected to SWIFT pursuant to the sanctions relief provided under the JCPOA. more...

1st October 2018 – Quoted by Nancy A Yousef, Gordon Lubold- The Wall Street Journal

On Iran, White House Criticism Grows, but U.S. Military Posture Recedes

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration has been steadily ramping up its rhetoric on the threat posed by Iran this year. But the U.S. military has scaled back its presence in the Persian Gulf region, say officials and military experts, removing ships, planes and missiles that would be needed in a major confrontation. more...

25th September 2018 – Quoted by Farnaz Tassihi, Laurence Norman - Wall Street Journal

Europe’s Payment Channel to Salvage Iran Deal Faces Limits

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union’s announcement that it would establish a special payments channel to maintain economic ties with Iran sent a clear message to Tehran and Washington: Europe is intent on trying to save the 2015 nuclear deal. more...

25th September 2018 – Quoted by Farnaz Fassihi, Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Europe’s Payment Channel to Salvage Iran Deal Faces Limits

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union’s announcement that it would establish a special payments channel to maintain economic ties with Iran sent a clear message to Tehran and Washington: Europe is intent on trying to save the 2015 nuclear deal. more...

20th September 2018 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - Christian Science Monitor

Why both Iran and US have taken hits from nuclear deal withdrawal

Mark Dubowitz

As President Trump prepared to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal last spring, a debate flared over who would wind up more isolated as a result of such a move: Iran, or the United States. more...

19th September 2018 – Quoted by Nahal Toosi, David M. Herszenhorn, Matthew Karnitsching - Politico

Iran likely to divide Trump from allies at UN gathering

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump sees next week’s main session of the United Nations General Assembly as a chance to condemn Iran for spreading what he’s called “chaos and terror” through the Middle East. But many key U.S. allies will likely use the global forum to present Trump himself as a threat to world peace. more...

14th September 2018 – Quoted by Oliver Darcy - CNN

New York Times amends report that improperly pinned pricey curtains on Nikki Haley

Mark Dubowitz

The New York Times on Friday said that a controversial story about curtains purchased for the new residence of the ambassador to the United Nations improperly focused on Nikki Haley. The newspaper recast the story to "reflect those concerns." more...

14th September 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Cutting Off Iran from International Banking is Essential for Maximum Pressure

Mark Dubowitz

For the expected sanctions on Iran’s banking sector to have maximum effect, Iranian banks must be cut off from Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), two experts told security columnist Josh Rogin in a report published Thursday in The Washington Post. more...

13th September 2018 – Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

Inside Steven Mnuchin’s ‘resistance’ to Trump’s Iran strategy

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Stealing documents off President Trump’s desk isn’t the only way his top aides are trying to prevent him from taking action on foreign policy. Several administration officials claim that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has found another way to “resist” the president’s maximum-pressure strategy on Iran: simply neglect to give the president a document he requested several weeks ago. more...

13th September 2018 – Quoted by Jamie McIntyre, Travis J. Tritten - The Washington Examiner

House, Senate negotiators meet today to hash out the Pentagon’s $675 billion budget

Mark Dubowitz

In recent days the U.S. has issued stern warnings to Syria about the consequences of using chemical weapons, as the Syrian army backed by Iran and Russia prepares an assault to retake the province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold. more...

29th August 2018 – Quoted by Alex Vatanka in Foreign Policy

Rouhani’s Path to Becoming Supreme Leader

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

On Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani appeared in front of Iran’s parliament to defend his government’s economic record. He faced a tough crowd. The body had already removed his economy minister, Masoud Karbasian, on Sunday. And before that, it had canned his labor minister, Ali Rabiei. Both were ousted on charges amounting to incompetence. more...

23rd August 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Int’l Community Must Target Terrorists Who Use Human Shields

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

Because terrorists use human shields to protect themselves or cause civilian casualties “without facing consequences,” it is imperative that “terrorists and their sponsoring regimes must be held accountable for their brutal practice of using civilians as human shields,” argued two experts in an op-ed published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

22nd August 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Get Serious About Human Shields

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

‘Given the kind of precision weaponry you are using,” a French TV reporter demanded, “how do you explain so many civilian deaths, and are you not afraid that basically hurts what you believe to be the legitimacy of the fight?” The spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State answered: “We are fighting a brutal enemy that uses noncombatants as shields.” more...

19th August 2018 – The New York Post — Co-authored by Ray Takeyh

How Trump can avoid falling into Iran’s ‘yap trap’

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump recently offered to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without any preconditions to discuss issues of common concern. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei seemingly rejected this appeal, professing, “There will be no war nor will we negotiate with the US.” more...

17th August 2018 – Quoted by Amos Harel, Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Why Iran Thinks It Has an ‘Insurance Policy’ Against an Israeli or U.S. Strike

Mark Dubowitz

Israeli and American officials think Iran is trying to ‘wait out’ Trump's first term, and is banking on the wounded nuclear deal to shield it from a military strike. more...

17th August 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Pompeo Announces Formation of Group to Coordinate Iran Policy

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the formation of a task force to coordinate the Trump administration’s response to Iran, CNN reported Thursday. more...

16th August 2018 – Quoted by Tracy Wilkinson - Los Angeles Times

Pompeo announces Iran Action Group to ramp up pressure on Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

In an effort to ramp up pressure for political changes in Iran, the State Department has set up a task force to coordinate punitive measures, including sanctions and oil boycotts, Secretary of State Michael R. Pomeo said Thursday. more...

16th August 2018 – Quoted by Zachary Cohen - CNN Politics

Pompeo announces new US push to create “major changes” in Iran’s behavior

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday that the Trump administration is establishing an interagency task force aimed at cracking down on Iran. more...

16th August 2018 – Quoted by Emily Tamkin - BuzzFeed News

The Trump Administration Is Signaling A Tougher Line On Iran With A New Task Force

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration sent another signal on Thursday that it is stepping up its efforts against Iran, announcing the creation of an Iran Action Group at the State Department to coordinate US government actions against the Islamic Republic. more...

13th August 2018 – Quoted by Jonathan Swan - Axios

The White House’s next Iran fight

Mark Dubowitz

On a White House conference call with Iran experts last week, a senior administration official said the Trump administration will reimpose sanctions on financial messaging services later this year. That might sound boring. But the administration official was referring to what could soon become another major fight between the Trump administration and Europe. more...