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22nd April 2017 - Quoted by Brian Ross, Pete Madden - ABC News

United States remains vulnerable to North Korean cyber-attack, analysts say

Anthony Ruggiero

As North Korea blusters about launching missile strikes against the United States and its allies, experts are warning that aggressive action from North Korea is more likely to come from cyber space.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

Devil’s Bargain? Why Turkish Referendum Spells Bad News for Religious Minorities

Aykan Erdemir

This week Turkey voted to trade democracy for what looks like authoritarian rule. If the referendum stands, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will gain power over all branches of government. That's bad news for Christians and other religious minorities in Turkey already facing...

21st April 2017 - Quoted by James Rosen - Fox News

Iran: Group claims regime is ‘in full gear’ on covert work on nuclear weapons

Olli Heinonen

The White House responded cautiously Friday to claims by an Iranian dissident group alleging that Iran’s clandestine work on a nuclear weapon has continued unabated by the landmark nuclear deal that Tehran finalized with the Obama administration and five other world powers two years ago....

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

US Nearly Silent on Iran’s Presidential Election as Policy Toughens

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a Thursday report, Iranian state television said the country’s 12-member Guardian Council has vetted and approved six candidates to compete in the May 19 presidential vote, most notably the relatively moderate incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, and prominent conservative Ebrahim Raisi,...

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Ruthie Blum - The Algemeiner

Iran’s North Korean Path

John Hannah

Iran is reacting angrily to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s announcement on Tuesday, and to subsequent comments by US Defense Secretary James Mattis Wednesday, about a review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Tehran and world powers in July 2015.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iran on Notice

Mark Dubowitz

Last week the Trump administration sent a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan to certify that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had called it the “worst...

20th April 2017 - Quoted by World Watch Monitor

Turkey vote ‘could lead to hate crimes against non-Muslims’

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s referendum result, which allowed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to expand his powers, could lead to the further erosion of democracy and of the demonising of non-Muslims, a former opposition politician has warned.

20th April 2017 - Quoted The Tower

Hezbollah Claims Its Threats Forced Israel to Adopt “Defensive” Position

A Hezbollah officer boasted on Thursday that the Iran-backed terror organization had forced Israel to switch “from an offensive to a defensive doctrine,” The Times of Israel reported.

19th April 2017 - Quoted by Tracy Wilkinson - LA Times

The Iran nuclear deal that Trump once vowed to tear apart is holding — at least for now

Mark Dubowitz

A skeptical Trump administration has confirmed that Iran continues to comply with the 2015 nuclear disarmament deal but says the White House is conducting an internal review of the landmark arms control accord that President Trump once called “the worst deal ever.”

19th April 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal but causing trouble elsewhere

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department announced Tuesday that Iran has complied with the terms of the landmark agreement it negotiated with the U.S. and five other world powers to limit its nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions.

19th April 2017 - Quoted by Gardiner Harris - The New York Times

Tillerson Toughens Tone on Iran After U.S. Confirms Nuclear Deal Compliance

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson described a landmark Iran nuclear deal as a failure on Wednesday, only hours after the State Department said Tehran was complying with its terms. But the top United States diplomat stopped short of threatening to jettison the 2015 agreement that was...

19th April 2017 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

The Trump administration just quietly admitted that the Iran deal is working

Jonathan Schanzer

In February, President Donald Trump said that the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran was “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” His comments were a direct echo of candidate Trump’s rhetoric: In one 2016 speech, he said, “My number one priority is to dismantle...

19th April 2017 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams, Nafeesa Syeed - Bloomberg

U.S. Says Iran’s Link to Terror Could Scuttle Nuclear Accord

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson certified that Iran is complying with the multinational deal to curb its nuclear program but announced a review that could result in scuttling the accord anyway.

18th April 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Played Key Role in Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran was crucial in helping Syria develop its chemical weapons program, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote Monday. “What the rapid-fire news cycle didn’t say early this month was that Tehran and Damascus jump-started a program to develop a sophisticated...

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

Will Iran’s looming elections provide a glimpse into the future for the Islamic Republic?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is scheduled to hold its next presidential election May 19 with incumbent President Hassan Rouhani seeking a second four-year term.

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Amerin Zaman - Al-Monitor

Calls for referendum annulment rise in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Allegations of fraud in Turkey’s April 16 referendum show no signs of abating despite government denials that any irregularity occurred.

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally's growing authoritarian ways. Trump's outreach...

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Joshua Mitnick - LA Times

Behind bars, a famed Palestinian leads his people in a prison hunger strike

Grant Rumley

He has long been viewed as a future president of a Palestinian state, even as he is reviled by Israelis as a terrorist who is serving multiple life terms in prison for murder.

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - Buzzfeed

No, Not Everything Is About North Korea

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The White House has spun three major military actions as part of a broader messaging strategy against North Korea — from bombings in Syria and Afghanistan to the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Sea of Japan. The only problem? It may not be true.


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