Analysis & Commentary


3rd February 2017 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Trump’s Policy Turn on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The world has been wondering if the Trump Administration will withdraw from President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, and the answer appears to be no. That makes sense given the break it would cause with U.S. allies and the opening for Iran to make more mischief.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Fox News

Trump administration imposes new Iran sanctions over missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions Friday on nearly two-dozen individuals and companies in response to Iran’s recent missile tests, quickly moving to increase the pressure on the regime after putting Tehran “on notice” earlier this week.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by David Lynch, Najmeh Bozorgmehr - Financial Times

US announces new sanctions following Iran missile launch

Mark Dubowitz

The US on Friday imposed new sanctions on Iran as President Donald Trump followed up on his campaign pledge to take a tougher stance towards the Islamic republic.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin - Fox News

Trump administration imposes new Iran sanctions over missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions Friday on nearly two-dozen individuals and companies in response to Iran’s recent missile tests, quickly moving to increase the pressure on the regime after putting Tehran “on notice” earlier this week.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Abigail Williams, Corky Siemaszko - NBC News

U.S. Hits Iran With New Sanctions for Ballistic Missile Test, Terrorism Sponsorship

Mark Dubowitz

"Iran's continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States," said John E. Smith, acting director of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Obama Should Thank Trump for Putting Iran on Notice

Don't say Donald Trump never did anything for Barack Obama. On Wednesday, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile test and its arming, training and equipping of Houthi rebels in Yemen.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

Trump Administration Set to Impose New Sanctions on Iran Entities as Soon as Friday

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is set to impose fresh sanctions on dozens of Iranian entities for their alleged role in missile development and terrorism, in a move likely to escalate U.S. tensions with Tehran, according to people close to the deliberations.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Vivian Salama, Matthew Lee - Associated Press

US Hits 13 People, Dozen Companies in New Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to Iran's recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Trump turns up the heat on Iran, but no clear game plan yet

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration left little to no doubt Thursday about its intentions to take a more aggressive posture against Iran.

2nd February 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

On Iran, Trump must do more than talk

Mark Dubowitz

The White House issued a cryptic warning Wednesday that the U.S. will act against Iran unless it stops testing ballistic missiles and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen, but declined to say what retaliatory actions the U.S. would pursue.

1st February 2017 - Quoted by Toluse Olurunnipa, Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

White House Puts Iran ‘On Notice’ for Ballistic Missile Test

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said the Trump administration is putting Iran "on notice" after a ballistic missile launch the White House considers a provocation.

1st February 2017 - Quoted by Steve Holland - Reuters

Top Trump aide condemns Iranian ballistic missile test

Mark Dubowitz

A top adviser to President Donald Trump delivered a tough warning to Iran on Wednesday for test-firing a ballistic missile and declared "we are officially putting Iran on notice" for what he called a provocation.

1st February 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Iran’s ballistic missile launch a test for Trump

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s ballistic missile launch on Sunday was Tehran’s “first litmus test” for the Donald Trump administration as much as it was a regional show of force, according to experts.

1st February 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the attack in Yemen and Iran's ballistic missile test.

31st January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Newfound Partners: Russia and Iran

Aykan Erdemir

Russian officials announced Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, at some point over the following months – the latest sign that trilateral relations are deepening.

31st January 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on Iran's recent ballistic missile test.

31st January 2017 - Monocle 24

The Monocle Daily

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on Iran's recent missile test.

31st January 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Senate Democrats Open to New Sanctions on Iran After Latest Missile Test

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Top Democratic lawmakers are calling for strong action in response to Iranian ballistic missile activity after Tehran conducted another test-fire over the weekend, its first since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, according to statements provided to The Weekly Standard.

31st January 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

‘The United States is not naive’: Nikki Haley slams Iran over ballistic missile tests

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The US's new ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Tuesday slammed Iran for testing a long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, calling the act unacceptable and a violation of Iran's nuclear accord with world powers.

31st January 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Iran may have bluffed about its ally using an anti-ship missile on a Saudi Arabian navy ship

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Monday, suspicious footage emerged appearing to show an explosion of some sort rocking a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen.

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