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26th September 2018 – New York Post

What Trump must do to stop Europe from end-running his Iran sanctions

Richard Goldberg

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this week refused to meet with President Trump at the United Nations. One of the big reasons: He and his European backers are waiting to see whether Trump will force the SWIFT financial-messaging service to disconnect Iranian banks in November. 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...

4th September 2018 – Quoted by Josh Lederman, Dan De Luce - NBC News

How Europe plans to skirt Trump’s sanctions and keep doing business with Iran

Richard Goldberg

America's allies in Europe are plotting ways to bypass President Donald Trump's sanctions on Iran as they work to keep the nuclear deal alive without the United States. more...

1st September 2018 – Quoted by KLFY

US ends funding of UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Richard Goldberg

The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. more...

28th August 2018 – Foreign Policy

Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table

Richard Goldberg, Jacob Nagel

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this month that he would never negotiate with U.S. President Donald Trump, perhaps because the Iranian regime believes it can outlast the ongoing American financial pressure campaign until the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Trump should respond by ratcheting up the pressure and reaffirming U.S. red lines for negotiations—which could push Khamenei to change his mind. more...

28th August 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide From Iran Sanctions

Richard Goldberg, Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the U.S. begins to reimpose tough sanctions on Iran, defenders of the 2015 nuclear deal are peddling myths. They say Russia, China and India will evade sanctions. They claim oil prices will skyrocket. And they predict Europe will establish a “sanctions free” payment channel to Iran. None of these warnings should slow President Trump’s campaign to impose maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic. more...

23rd August 2018 – Quoted by Jackson Richman

Bolton: US sanctions could cause end of Iranian oil exports

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Richard Goldberg

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions against Iran could cause the regime to no longer export oil. more...

23rd August 2018 – VOA Persia

VOA Persia

Richard Goldberg

FDD's Senior Advisor Richard Goldberg joins VOA Persia to discuss potential European assistance to Iran via the SWIFT banking system. more...

22nd August 2018 – Quoted by Gershon Burstyn - Mishpacha

White House Puts Squeeze on Iran

Richard Goldberg

When President Trump announced in May that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Iran’s leaders warned Washington of an “unpleasant” reaction while presenting a new list of demands to its European partners that included a guarantee they would buy Iranian oil and protect the country from US sanctions. more...

9th August 2018 – Quoted by Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy

For Trump and Co., Few Palestinians Count as Refugees

Richard Goldberg

Jay Sekulow wants to know one thing from the U.S. State Department: How many Palestinians who fled or were forced from their homes with the creation of Israel in 1948 are still alive today? more...

8th August 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Richard Goldberg

FDD's Richard Goldberg joins the John Batchelor show to discuss US sanctions on Iran and reactions from Russia and China. more...

8th August 2018 – Quoted by Eliana Johnson - Politico

Trump connects with Rand ‘at gut level’

Richard Goldberg

He infuriates West Wing aides who have had to scramble to win his support for key votes, but Rand Paul has the ear, and the affection, of the most important person in the White House: President Donald Trump. more...

6th August 2018 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

Trump Restores Some Sanctions on Iran Lifted in Obama Nuclear Deal

Richard Goldberg

The first round of U.S. sanctions on Iran go into effect Tuesday, with another, more stinging round set to hit in November—reimposing restrictions that were lifted under the Obama administration-led nuclear deal with the Islamist regime. more...

3rd August 2018 – VOA Persia

VOA Persia

Richard Goldberg

Richard Goldberg joins VOA Persia to discuss the reimposition of sanctions on the Iranian regime and the dangers of doing business with Iran. more...

2nd August 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Issues New Warning to Europe: End Business With Iran or Face Harsh Sanctions

Richard Goldberg

Congress and the Trump administration are issuing a stern warning to European partners: End all business ties with the Iranian regime or face harsh new sanctions in the coming months, a move that could impact international financial markets and U.S. banks tied to foreign monetary institutions, according to multiple senior U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about diplomatic efforts to pressure Europe on Iran. more...

1st August 2018 – Quoted by Benjamin Weinthal - The Jerusalem Post

A deadly plague for Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

It seems a week does not pass in which more European companies announce that they are avoiding Iranian markets like a deadly plague. And the divestment from Iran’s dangerous economy comes without any tangible saber rattling on the ground from the Trump administration. more...

23rd July 2018 – Quoted by Emily Benedek - The Algemeiner

Why We Must Uncover the True Number of Palestinian Refugees

Richard Goldberg

On a desk in the US State Department lies a report that has the power to upend the seemingly endless zero-sum game of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. more...

23rd July 2018 – BBC Radio

The World Tonight

Richard Goldberg

FDD's Richard Goldberg joins BBC to discuss the US Iran row and explain why President Trump and the administration are taking this hard line on Iran and what might be the benefits of this. more...

15th July 2018 – Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Mullah-Sender zeigt erzwungene Geständnisse

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

Junge Frauen mussten sich im iranischen Staatsfernsehen öffentlich dafür entschuldigen, Instagram-Videos aufgenommen zu haben, in denen sie tanzen. more...

11th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Should Re-impose Sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

Richard Goldberg

President Trump this week must decide whether the State Department will continue waiving congressional sanctions against the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the primary propaganda organ of the clerical regime. more...