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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...

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...

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...

5th July 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Expose the Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Scam

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg

If President Trump wants to promote peace in the Middle East, his first step should be to declassify a key State Department report that would end the myth of Palestinian “refugees.” more...

20th June 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

To Help Iran, Angela Merkel Tries to Pull a Fast One With Swift

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

As the U.S. moves to reimpose sanctions on Iran, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is working behind the scenes to undermine the effort. How President Trump responds could determine whether his strategy to put maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic will succeed or fail. more...

21st May 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran, Get Ready for the Battle Rial

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday presented the Islamic Republic of Iran with a stark choice: Either change or face “unprecedented financial pressure” in the form of “the strongest sanctions in history when we are complete.” The Trump administration has declared financial war on the Iranian regime. Given the seriousness of its currency emergency, it’s a good bet America will win. more...

21st May 2018 – New York Daily News

Trump and Pompeo’s plan for Iran: It’s risky, but it has a chance of succeeding

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on Monday outlining President Trump's new strategy to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran: Intensify the Iranian regime's ongoing liquidity and political crisis to induce fundamental changes in behavior across a range of malign activities. In short, maximum diplomacy backed by maximum pressure. more...

8th May 2018 – New York Post

Trump now needs to bring Iran’s economy to its knees

Richard Goldberg

President Trump’s declaration Tuesday that he would exit the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was more than just a fulfillment of a campaign promise; it was a much-needed shift in US foreign policy. The message to the world: The era of appeasement is over. more...

4th May 2018 – Foreign Policy

The United States Should Seize on Iran’s Currency Crisis

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

While the debate over the future of the Iran nuclear deal and U.S. military strategy in Syria rages in Washington, policymakers cannot afford to miss the historic events unfolding inside Iran. The United States’ response to these developments will not only affect the future of the Islamic Republic but Syria and the broader Middle East, too. more...

3rd May 2018 – National Review

Netanyahu’s Intelligence Bombshell Should Spell End of Iran Deal

Richard Goldberg

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu dropped an intelligence bombshell on the world Monday and, with it, may have signed the death warrant for the 2015 Iran nuclear accord: Thousands of files seized from inside Iran definitively prove that the Islamic Republic has been deceiving the international community all along. The regime lied to the International Atomic Energy Agency about the existence of a nuclear-weapons program, and, in direct violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), hid its massive archive of nuclear knowhow. more...

26th April 2018 – Investor's Business Daily

Trump, Merkel And The (Next) Iran Deal

Richard Goldberg

Less than two weeks after Germany refused to participate in U.S.-led airstrikes intended to punish Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons, Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Washington tomorrow to ask President Trump to keep waiving sanctions against Iran — Assad's financial underwriter. more...

23rd April 2018 – Politico

How Macron can win over Trump on Iran

Richard Goldberg

French President Emmanuel Macron comes to Washington this week with two important items on his agenda: keep American troops in Syria and keep U.S. President Donald Trump in the Iran nuclear deal. Macron will have a tough sell to an American president who’s made clear he wants out of both. His only chance is to meet Trump in the middle, giving him a political win at home that serves French interests at the same time. more...

23rd April 2018 – New York Post

Trump shouldn’t give in to Macron’s Iran deal request

Richard Goldberg

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington Monday with a seemingly innocuous request for President Trump: Let Europe keep doing business with Iran. But unless Trump wants to make a bad nuclear deal even worse, he should flatly reject Macron’s request. more...

18th April 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Use Iran Sanctions to Stop Assad

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Since the weekend military strike against chemical-weapons sites in Syria, the debate in Washington has centered on whether the strike went far enough. But policy makers should consider another question of equal importance: Is the U.S. prepared to cut off the financial lifelines that keep Bashar Assad in power? more...

11th April 2018 – The Hill

Iran’s currency is in free fall — time for the US to exploit it

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

The Iranian rial fell to a record low this weekend, largely in response to President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton – seen as hawkish on Iran – to serve as his national security advisor. FDD experts Richard Goldberg and Saeed Ghasseminejad argue that the administration should use Iran’s economic unrest to its advantage in shaping tougher foreign policy towards Iran – including re-imposing sanctions. more...

9th April 2018 – New York Post

What to do about Syria — and its chief accomplice, Iran

Richard Goldberg

Within hours of learning that Bashar al-Assad launched another horrific chemical-weapons attack on his own people, President Trump tweeted there’d be a “big price to pay.” He should follow his instincts by holding Assad accountable, increasing his leverage over Vladimir Putin and breaking Iran’s strategic foothold in Syria. more...

14th March 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Defying precedent and conventional wisdom, President Trump says he’ll meet in May with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump wants a sustainable deal that leads to North Korean denuclearization. The president’s critics scoff, and even his supporters are rightly skeptical. But Mr. Trump has conditions: His policy of maximum sanctions pressure will remain in place, Pyongyang must commit to the goal of denuclearization upfront, and it must refrain from missile or nuclear tests during talks. That may give him some leverage. more...

20th February 2018 – Foreign Policy

Europe’s Sanctions-Blocking Threats Are Empty

Richard Goldberg

A European Union official’s threat this month that Europe would block any attempt by the United States to reimpose sanctions on Iran showed a new level of desperation to deter President Donald Trump from leaving the Iran nuclear deal in May. But with their access to the U.S. financial system hanging in the balance, European banks know that, in the end, the EU must satisfy Trump’s demands to fix the deal or be prepared to fully comply when U.S. sanctions return. more...

12th February 2018 – New York Post

It’s time for Trump to attack Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Richard Goldberg

When Iran flew an unmanned aerial vehicle into Israel this weekend, the mullahs were testing President Trump, not just Israel. more...