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25th August 2018 – Quoted by Ben Evansky, Adam Shaw - Fox News

As Trump administration tightens screws on Iran, top UN official cries foul

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A top U.N. expert is taking aim at the Trump administration’s efforts to tighten the screws on Iran’s theocratic regime, saying that U.S. sanctions are “illegitimate” and are driving Iranians into poverty. 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...

21st August 2018 – Quoted by Anna Ahronheim - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Unveils Fourth Generation Fighter Jet

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran unveiled what it called its first domestic fighter jet named “Kowsar” at a defense show in Tehran on Tuesday. The Kowsar was described by Iran’s Tasnim news agency as a fourth-generation fighter jet capable of carrying “various weapons” systems with advanced avionics, multi-purpose radar and a fire control system. more...

19th August 2018 – Quoted byThomas Frank - The Arab Weekly

Washington on the watch as Iran protests gather steam

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Iranian regime faces a major threat to its existence from protesters who are becoming increasingly vocal and from US-imposed sanctions that are weakening the country’s economy, a panel of Middle East experts said. more...

17th August 2018 – Quoted by Jackson Richman- JNS

Pompeo announces creation of the Iran Action Group

Tzvi Kahn, Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the founding of the Iran Action Group, which will “be responsible for directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity.” more...

17th August 2018 – World Israel News

US announces creation of Iran Action Group to maximize pressure on regime

Behnam Ben Taleblu

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the founding of the Iran Action Group, which will “be responsible for directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity.” more...

17th August 2018 – Quoted by- Al Arabiya

Security expert speculates on split-up among Iran Revolutionary Guards’ leaders

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senior leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are likely to split up and leave the country secretly, according to American expert Michael Pregent, a senior fellow in Hudson Institute. more...

8th August 2018 – Quoted by Marc Daou - France 24

Sanctions américaines contre l’Iran: le pouvoir iranien en danger?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Hausse vertigineuse des prix, emplois menacés, instabilité économique, inflation, monnaie en chute libre : les Iraniens voient leur avenir s’assombrir alors qu’un premier volet de sanctions américaines est entré en vigueur le 7 août, en conséquence du retrait ordonné par le président Donald Trump de l'accord de juillet 2015 sur le nucléaire iranien. more...

7th August 2018 – Quoted by Natasha Turak - CNBC

WORLD NEWS Expecting regime change through Iran sanctions is ‘naive and unrealistic,’ experts say

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Protests are spreading in several Iranian cities, fueled by the re-imposition Monday of U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic against a backdrop of already spiraling economic conditions. more...

6th August 2018 – Quoted by Benny Avni - The New York Post

Iran has only begun to feel the pain of Trump’s sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the Iranian regime reels under the strain of renewed sanctions, the Trump administration is already preparing the next phase. more...

6th August 2018 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Donald Trump reimposes sanctions on Iran but is ready to meet Hassan Rouhani

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The United States on Monday reimposed financial sanctions on Iran that were suspended under the nuclear deal in 2015, while renewing President Donald Trump’s offer to meet his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. more...

6th August 2018 – Quoted by John Bennett - CQ Roll Call

White House’s Mixed Messages to Iran Continue With Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trump administration reactivated sanctions Monday on Iran in an attempt to further squeeze its stumbling economy, a tough move that is the latest in a volley of mixed signals from Washington. more...

6th August 2018 – Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Trump’s first round of nuclear sanctions on Iran sends a message: This is not a test

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The first round of U.S. nuclear sanctions on Iran snapped back into place on Monday, and although it pales in comparison to a raft of penalties yet to come, experts say it sends a clear signal that Washington is willing to pummel the Iranian economy. more...

5th August 2018 – Quoted by Jonathan Swan - Axios

Trump’s next strike against Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The first half of the Trump administration's new Iran sanctions strategy will kick in on Monday, restoring sanctions on any entity trading with Iran in gold, steel, aluminum, coal and other minerals and metals. more...

2nd August 2018 – Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Iran’s widespread and growing protests push citizens to brink

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranians protested for a third day in a row against the clerical regime that they blame for running the economy into the ground. more...

31st July 2018 – Quoted by Al Arabiya

Trump “betting” .. Strangle Iran economically versus political solution!

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The impact of the American sanctions on the country is evidence of the success of the American vision of pressure on Tehran, based on its awareness that both the Iranian people and the international community have lost faith in the Iranian regime and have not uttered slogans calling for "equality", "justice" "For 40 years, after the advent of two reformist governments headed by Mohammad Khatami and Hassan Rowhani, no one has changed in its foreign policy and thorny files. more...

27th July 2018 – Quoted by Natasha Turak - CNBC

Another critical oil chokepoint is in the firing line after Iranian general’s threats

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran's top general lashed out at President Donald Trump this week, issuing a heated threat and putting a major Red Sea oil chokepoint directly in his sights. more...

23rd July 2018 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Trump tweet, Pompeo speech signal increasingly aggressive stance against Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Monday his reaction to President Donald Trump’s late-night, all-caps Twitter threat against Iran Sunday night was one of “extreme disappointment,” but experts say the tweet likely delivered exactly the message the White House intended. more...

23rd July 2018 – Quoted by Rebecca Kheel, Ellen Mitchell - The Hill

Trump’s Iran threat raises eyebrows — and questions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump's apparent threat of military action against Iran has left members of the foreign policy establishment looking for clues as to whether it signals a change in the U.S. approach toward Tehran. more...

22nd July 2018 – Quoted by Francesco Fontemaggi - Agence France Presse

Les Etats-Unis «n’ont pas peur» de sanctionner le régime iranien «au plus haut niveau»

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Les Etats-Unis n’ont «pas peur» de sanctionner «au plus haut niveau» le régime de Téhéran, accusé d’être «un cauchemar pour le peuple iranien», a prévenu dimanche le secrétaire d’Etat américain Mike Pompeo dans un discours de soutien aux manifestations en Iran. more...