Analysis & Commentary

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Congress: Nuke Deal Loopholes Bolster Illicit Iranian-N. Korean Alliance

Claudia Rosett

Iran’s nuclear relationship with North Korea is likely to grow due to a recent nuclear accord, according to experts and members of Congress, who warned in a hearing that loopholes in the deal would facilitate illicit trade between the rogue countries.

29th July 2015 - Forbes

European Companies: Enter The Iranian Market At Your Own Risk

Benjamin Weinthal

With the signing of an Iranian nuclear agreement earlier this month, European companies along with leading politicians have moved at astonishingly fast pace to enter Iran’s markets.

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

IRGC to Cash in On Nuke Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is poised to reap a large windfall as a result of a recently inked nuclear accord with Western powers that will fully remove economic sanctions on the fighting force and allow it to continue pursuing rogue activities across the globe, according to...

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Khamenei’s Financial Empire

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration is gearing up to lift economic sanctions on a nearly $100 billion network of organizations belonging to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the parameters of the recent Iranian nuclear deal.

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

If Congress Rejects Nuclear Deal, Would US and Not Iran Be a Pariah?

Mark Dubowitz

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush played down diplomacy in favor of isolation and military action – unilateral American action if necessary – for dealing with rogue states like Iraq and Iran.

28th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Equilibrium Fantasy

Tony Badran

With the nuclear deal finally out of the way, President Obama can now get down to what, for him, has always been the real business—engaging Iran on regional issues. As one administration official has acknowledged, the US president sees Iran as “the key to peace” in the Middle East. But...

28th July 2015 - The Washington Times

Defeating the Mortal Enemies

Clifford D. May

“The enemy has to be defeated,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter last week told American forces stationed in the Middle East. That is a simple truth, one that, regrettably, is not heard often from officials in the current administration.

27th July 2015 - The Hill Times

Canada Is Right Not To Lift Iran Sanctions Prematurely

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that six world powers signed with Iran earlier this month will soon remove most international sanctions in exchange for Iran’s acceptance of long-term restrictions on its nuclear program.

27th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Text of Deal Suggests Iran May Back Out if Violation Found and Sanctions Re-Imposed

Mark Dubowitz

A clause in the nuclear deal suggests that Iran may unilaterally withdraw from the agreement and pursue its military nuclear program if the West attempts to impose sanctions due to violations of the deal, nonproliferation expert Emily Landau of Israel’s Institute for National Security...

27th July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

EU Delisting of IRGC Construction Giant Will Boost Terror Financing

Ali Alfoneh

The Iran nuclear deal signed July 14 stipulates that eight years after its implementation, the European Union will delist a construction conglomerate owned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

27th July 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen comments on Iran and radical Islamist ideology.

27th July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Under Iran Agreement, U.S. Will Delist All Entities Controlled by Supreme Leader

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Of all the sanctions to be lifted in last week’s Iran nuclear agreement, few are more significant than those against a shadowy $100-billion network of foundations belonging to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.

27th July 2015 - PJ Media

How to Defeat the Grand Bargain with Iran

Michael Ledeen

I think most of those trying to stop the approval of the Iran Deal are going about it wrong. I don’t believe you can stop this thing by going through the text and pointing out its myriad flaws, nor do I think it’s good enough to expose the many lies Obama, Kerry, Rhodes et. al. told us...

27th July 2015 - Quoted by David Daoud - The Algemeiner

Iran Set to Receive Massive Relief From SWIFT Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian media outlets have been reporting that Iran is set to receive massive relief from the world’s biggest interbank transfer network, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) sanctions.

27th July 2015 - Forbes

Iran Embarks On Middle East Charm Offensive - Will It Work?

David Andrew Weinberg

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif have each said that their number one priority in the wake of this month’s Iran deal is to engage with their Gulf neighbors.

26th July 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Europe to Drop Sanctions on Iranian Terrorists and Entities

Benjamin Weinthal

Along with the Iran nuclear agreement, the European Union has agreed to remove sanctions on Iranian entities and individuals deeply involved in terrorism.

26th July 2015 - Kayhan TV

EU Delisting of IRGC Companies

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh comments on the EU delisting of IRGC companies as a part of the Iran nuclear deal.

26th July 2015 - The Washington Times - Co-written by Peter Vincent Pry

‘Peace for Our Time’

James Woolsey

Banner headlines in a prominent national newspaper read “NUKE DEAL PAVES WAY FOR NEW ERA: Sworn Foes U.S., Iran Aim To Bury Hatchet” — without sarcasm.

26th July 2015 - The Wall Street Journal - Co-written by Lee A. Casey

The Lawless Underpinnings of the Iran Nuclear Deal

David B. Rivkin

The Iranian nuclear agreement announced on July 14 is unconstitutional, violates international law and features commitments that President Obama could not lawfully make.

25th July 2015 - Business Insider

The Nuclear Deal Gives a Dangerous Amount of Atomic Expertise to Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that the six world powers signed with Iran last week commits the United States to eventually removing a ban on Iranian graduate students applying for advanced degrees in nuclear sciences at American universities.

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