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22nd May 2018 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Morocco’s foreign minister warns Iran is seeking foothold in North Africa

Behnam Ben Taleblu

During Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s first major policy speech on Iran Monday, he warned Tehran that the U.S. would work closely with regional allies to deter its meddling.

22nd May 2018 - Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Sanctions Iran for Supplying Missiles to Yemen’s Houthis

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration on Tuesday took aim at five Iranian officials it said are responsible for providing Yemeni rebels with long-range missiles being used to target Saudi Arabia.

22nd May 2018 - Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

The State Dept issued 12 demands for Iran. They ratchet up oil market risk and trade tension

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced a list of a dozen demands that Iran must meet before the United States lifts punishing sanctions against the country.

22nd May 2018 - USA Today

Mike Pompeo’s Iran speech reveals detailed plan that will require resolve to implement

Clifford D. May

Two weeks ago, President Trump terminated America’s participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal his predecessor cut with Iran’s rulers. Since then the administration’s critics — and more than a few of its friends — have been asking: What will replace the...

22nd May 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian General Soleimani in Iraq as Post-Election Government Formation Talks Begin

Romany Shaker

Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani visited Baghdad last week to begin building a pro-Tehran coalition following the Iraqi elections held on May 12.

22nd May 2018 - NewsRadio WINA

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins the Schilling show to discuss Pompeo's approach to new Iran policy, his demands, and Iran's response.

22nd May 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Security Forces Kill Three Protesters in Southern Iran as Demonstrations Continue

Tzvi Kahn

Protests in Iran have largely faded from Western news reporting, but not from the country’s streets, with more than 400 in April alone. Last week in the southern city of Kazeroon, police opened fire on demonstrators, reportedly leaving at least three people dead and dozens injured....

21st May 2018 - Co-authored by Ray Takeyh - Foreign Policy

The United States Finally Has an Aggressive Plan to Defang Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Ever since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month, the commentariat has been aghast at the lack of a new plan. Critics said that the administration was all instinct and no insight, and that coercion without purpose was its only...

21st May 2018 - Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Nothing but Net: Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Clifford D. May

Foreign Podicy host Clifford D. May is joined by Dr. Samantha Ravich, a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as well as a principal investigator for FDD’s Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare project, to discuss CEEW, and what must be done to combat it.

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...

21st May 2018 - FDD Research

Iran: The Shi’ite Imperial Power

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The sectarian wars in Iraq and Syria have fundamentally changed the Islamic Republic. They have become arenas for a new militant Shi’ite solidarity that has crossed the Arab Persian divide: Iranian-led, non-Iranian militias, thousands strong, now fight in foreign lands.

21st May 2018 - Co-authored by Brig. Gen. (Res.) Prof. Jacob Nagel - FDD Research Memo

Deal or No Deal, The IAEA Must Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Although the United States is withdrawing from the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) retains both the right and the obligation to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.

21st May 2018 - The Hill

Mike Pompeo raises the bar for a deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went big — very big — in his speech at the Heritage Foundation Monday. Pompeo’s remarks were the first major statement of U.S. policy towards Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal on May 8....

21st May 2018 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Putting a New Squeeze on Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Hard on the heels of U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday laid out a new strategy to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional imperialism.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Michael Gordon - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Lays Out Demands for New Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration put Iran on notice that any new deal would require it to stop enriching all uranium and halt its support for militant groups in the region, sweeping demands that Tehran swiftly rejected.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Robin Wright - The New Yorker

The Trump Administration Calls on Iranians to “Make a Choice About Their Leadership”

Mark Dubowitz

In a speech on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the United States will “crush” Iran with a new package of economic, diplomatic, military, and cyber pressures if it does not accept sweeping changes to its policies at home and abroad.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette and Laura Koran - CNN

Pompeo threatens US will ‘crush’ Iran through sanctions and pressure campaign

Mark Dubowitz

The US will aim to "crush" Iran with economic and military pressure unless it changes its behavior in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday in a speech that many analysts saw as a policy of regime change in everything but name.

21st May 2018 - New York Post

Mike Pompeo just gave the Iran speech Kerry should have given

Jonathan Schanzer

In his first major speech as secretary of state — a searing 20-minute stemwinder — Mike Pompeo on Monday laid out the new US strategy toward Iran, following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Louis Nelson - Politico

Pompeo threatens Iran with ‘strongest sanctions in history’

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose “the strongest sanctions in history” on Iran unless it takes dramatic steps, including permanently abandoning its nuclear program, halting missile tests and withdrawing military forces from Syria.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

Pompeo Declares Economic War on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration’s new strategy on Iran essentially amounts to economic war.

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