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16th February 2017 - i24 News

Strictly Security

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the Iranian nuclear deal and possible policy options for the US going forward.

9th February 2017 - FDD Research Memo

Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Since the Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the July 2015 announcement of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran has tested as many as 14 ballistic missiles. This number is based on aggregated open-source reporting,1 as no official government or United Nations numbers have been made...

9th February 2017 - Christian Broadcasting Network

News Watch

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on Tehran and US foreign policy in the Middle East.

9th February 2017 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

Trump’s Acting Treasury Secretary, an Obama Holdover, Helped Craft Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As President Donald Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary continues to wait for Senate confirmation, an architect of the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal is currently running the agency.

8th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s missile tests reveal weaknesses of UN Security Council Resolution

Olli Heinonen

Iran’s latest missile test on January 29 received a swift response, as warranted. The United Nations Security Council called for an emergency session, and on February 2, the U.S. Treasury imposed new sanctions on persons and entities involved with Tehran’s ballistic missile program. Iran...

7th February 2017 - Quoted by Andrew O'Reilly - Fox News

Details of Iran nuclear deal still secret as US-Tehran relations unravel

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump could come under new pressure to lift the curtain on secret elements of the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor, especially as the Islamic Republic continues its war of words with his administration.

4th February 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s Iran sanctions signal return to coercion

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Friday the Treasury Department added 13 persons and 12 entities to their Specially Designated Nationals list for supporting “Iranian destabilizing activity.” According to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the sanctions communicate the end of “turning a blind eye to Iran’s...

30th January 2017 - Atlantic Council Panel

Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Help or Harm US Interests in the Middle East?

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz participated on a panel discussing how well the JCPOA is working, and it's effect on US interests under the Trump administration.

26th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Ensuring Iran’s Enrichment R&D is for Peaceful Purposes

Olli Heinonen

Iran announced last week that it would start feeding its first IR-8 centrifuges with uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6). The 2015 Iran nuclear deal states that Tehran’s breakout time (the time needed to enrich uranium enough for a nuclear bomb) is one year, but that is based on Iran only using...

23rd January 2017 - VoiceItRadio.com

Going Global with David Delgado

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Trump, Iran and the JCPOA.

18th January 2017 - Quoted by Emily B. Landau, Shimon Stein - The National Interest

A Year after the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Ball’s in Tehran’s Court

Olli Heinonen

One of the foremost foreign policy challenges for the Trump administration will be defining its approach toward Iran and the JCPOA—the momentous nuclear deal—and devising a comprehensive policy in this regard, taking into account the serious flaws in the deal itself, as well as Iran’s...

10th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Stockpiling Uranium Far Above Current Needs

Olli Heinonen

In a televised speech on January 1, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran had imported 200 metric tons of yellowcake uranium and would import another 120 tons at an unspecified future date.

23rd December 2016 - FDD Research Memo

Iranian Moves Offer Opportunity to Improve JCPOA

Olli Heinonen

Congress extended the Iran Sanctions Act earlier this month, prompting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to order retaliatory steps. Tehran protested to the EU, claiming the extension is a violation of last summer’s nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA – and...

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Trump’s Iran Deal Trap: ‘Renegotiation’ vs. ‘Enforcement’

Mark Dubowitz

Forget China and underwater drones, forget Russian hacks and leaks, because it’s all a sideshow: America’s big-ticket foreign-policy issue is still the Iran deal.

15th December 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran sanctions extended, but without Obama’s signature

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions against Iran were officially extended for another decade Thursday, even though President Obama did not sign the legislation, a symbolic move intended to show the White House’s disapproval of the bill.

14th December 2016 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Experts warn of jeopardy to Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

In what has become a tit-for-tat between Washington and Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization to start planning the development of nuclear-powered ships in response to the new sanctions bill enacted by the US Congress this month.

14th December 2016 - The Washington Times

How Barack is like Ike

Clifford D. May

The Islamic Republic of Iran is, according to no less an authority than the U.S. government, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, suicide-bombed U.S. Marines in Beirut in 1983. Iranian-backed Shia militias killed hundreds of American troops in Iraq...

29th November 2016 - BBC

BBC World News

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the future of Iran's nuclear deal under the next administration.

28th November 2016 - FDD Research Memo

Concerns about a Reduction of Transparency in IAEA Reporting on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

While the U.S. administration maintains that Iran has thus far complied with the nuclear deal, the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report indicates that for the second time, Iran has exceeded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s (JCPOA) limit for its inventory of heavy...

28th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iran Analyst: Top Tehran Regime Officials Trying to ‘Blackmail’ US Into Making Further Concessions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Top Iranian officials — including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — are currently seeking to test President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump and extract further concessions from the US, an expert on the Islamic Republic told The Algemeiner on Monday.

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