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7th June 2017 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin Did Not Publicly Disclose Iran Cyber-Attack During ‘Side-Deal’ Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

State Department officials determined that Iran hacked their emails and social media accounts during a particularly sensitive week for the nuclear deal in the fall of 2015, according to multiple sources familiar with the details of the cyber attack.

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.”

7th February 2017 - Quoted by Ben Kennedy - CBN News

Will Trump End the Iranian Nuclear Deal?

An assistant to President Donald Trump says Iran is not holding up its end of the bargain in the Iran nuclear deal.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran sanctions: Could new Trump sanctions lead to war?

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions imposed on Iran Friday mark a more aggressive approach by the Trump administration to counter Tehran's ballistic missile development and support for militant groups across the Middle East.

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Experts Wary As World Praises Iran for Honoring Terms of Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nonproliferation experts are warning that world praise conferred over the week on Iran for abiding by terms of a landmark nuclear deal are premature, and failure to hold Tehran accountable for ostensibly minor infractions will augur major violations to come.

7th January 2017 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Iran hawks lay out their wish list for Trump era

Mark Dubowitz

Iran hawks on and off Capitol Hill laid out their clearest wish list to date for the next four years during a Dec. 7 briefing. Lawmakers and outside experts agreed that President-elect Donald Trump would be unwise to rip up the nuclear deal on day one. Barring that, however, the bipartisan...

23rd November 2016 - Quoted by Ben Rosen - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran to US: honor nuclear deal, or else

Mark Dubowitz

A week after the US House of Representatives reauthorized a 20-year-old law to renew sanctions against Iran, the country’s supreme leader said any passage of the law by the US Senate and president would lead to a retaliation.

14th November 2016 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Obama: Trump likely not to seek Iran deal changes

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama said Monday that he expects that his successor will likely reconsider campaign vows to undo some of Obama's signature international accomplishments when he takes office in January.

14th November 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

Will Donald Trump fire the Iran nuclear deal?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The election victory by Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman who has never held political office and is a neophyte on foreign policy, has left many observers wondering about the future direction of U.S. policy abroad.

1st August 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Unhappy Anniversary

Thomas Joscelyn

Ayatollah Khamenei, the "Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution," commemorated the end of Ramadan with a lengthy anti-American, antisemitic screed. Khamenei has repeatedly accused the West and Israel, rather than Muslim-majority forces, of sponsoring violence in the region, and the title...

28th March 2016 - Foreign Policy

Hillary Clinton, Neocon?

John Hannah

With terror in Brussels swamping the news cycle last week, speeches delivered to AIPAC’s Policy Conference by four leading U.S. presidential candidates, outlining their approaches to the Middle East, received less attention than they otherwise might have.

7th March 2016 - The Washington Free Beacon

IAEA: Iran Nuke Deal Limits Public Reporting on Possible Violations

Olli Heinonen

The head of the international community’s nuclear watchdog organization disclosed Monday that certain agreements reached under the Iran nuclear deal limit inspectors from publicly reporting on potential violations by the Islamic Republic.

3rd March 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Breaching Nuke Deal

Amir Toumaj

Senior Iranian officials this week accused the Obama administration of failing to uphold its end of the nuclear agreement, saying that the Islamic Republic has not been given full access to international banking tools.

11th January 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Delay Lets Tehran Expand Missile Power

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the international nuclear deal with Iran nears its implementation phase, Tehran is preparing for sanctions relief. However, the Islamic Republic has already been reaping dividends from relief of another sort.

31st December 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Obama Administration is Playing a ‘Game of Whack-a-Mole’ With Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration is planning a new round of sanctions against individuals and companies in Iran over the country's ballistic-missile program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

29th December 2015 - Quoted by John Hudson - Foreign Policy

Iran Deal Hits a Milestone as Challenges Mount

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has shipped more than 25,000 pounds of nuclear material to Russia, a major milestone that leaves the Islamic Republic without enough low-enriched uranium to manufacture a nuclear weapon.

23rd December 2015 - Quoted by Michele Kelemen - NPR

Iran Sanctions Could Be Lifted As Soon As January

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has been dismantling parts of its nuclear program faster than many anticipated and could meet its obligations for the lifting of some sanctions as soon as January, according to some officials monitoring the agreement.

23rd December 2015 - The Washington Times

The Early Returns on Obama’s Iran Deal

Clifford D. May

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, opened a hearing last week with these candid, if not immortal, words: “I think the agreement is off to a really terrible start.”

15th December 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

U.N. Set To Close The File On Iranian Nukes

Mark Dubowitz

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog is set Tuesday to complete its probe of oil-rich Iran’s nuclear weapons program, moving a step closer to the lifting of international sanctions on the country. It comes as oil prices are near a decade low.

30th November 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Call Iran’s Bluff, Mr. President

Mark Dubowitz

Once upon a time, the Obama administration insisted that any enforcement scheme would require a complete accounting of Iran’s PMDs (possible military dimensions). The administration then suggested it would be a condition for lifting of sanctions, but that did not make it into the deal....


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