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20th May 2015 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Case for Expanding Canada’s Sanctions Against Iran

Sheryl Saperia

In a desperate attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, the Obama administration has forfeited many of its core demands. The framework announced last month in Lausanne, Switzerland, abandons UN Security Council resolutions calling for Iran to halt its enrichment activities and is...

20th May 2015 - The National Interest

Who Really Controls Iran’s Economy?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The looming nuclear deal will soon unshackle Iran’s economy from the burden of Western sanctions. Who stands to benefit from this opening?

18th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Russia and the Illusion of “Snapback” Iran Sanctions

Boris Zilberman

President Obama insists that international sanctions, soon to be removed, can be “snapped back” should Iran violate the terms of a potentially impending nuclear deal.

14th May 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, Kim Hjelmgaard - USA Today

Russian Comments Cast Doubt on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

A major difference between Washington and Moscow over a key term of any deal to curb Iran's nuclear program was underlined when a Russian official rejected the plan to immediately restore sanctions if Tehran violates the as-yet-unsigned agreement.

12th May 2015 - Quoted by JPost Staff - The Jerusalem Post

Sale of Planes to Iran Points to Crack in Iran Sanctions Regime

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A nuclear deal with Iran has yet to be signed but the sanctions regime against the Islamic Republic appears to be crumbling already.

11th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Defying Sanctions, Iranian Airline with Terror Ties Buys New Planes

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline that has been sanctioned due to ties with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has purchased nine planes in violation of existing sanctions, the Financial Times reported today. According to the report, the airline, Mahan Air, purchased the planes from European...

11th May 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

With Plane Delivery, Iran Sanctions Collapsing Already

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With a deadline to end nuclear negotiations less than two months away, the crippling sanctions against Iran are already beginning to collapse. The latest evidence came over the weekend when nine used commercial airliners arrived in Iran to bolster the fleet of Mahan Air.

11th May 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett discusses Iran and her latest article in Forbes.

8th May 2015 - Forbes

Iran Shipping Sanctions Run Aground?

Claudia Rosett

Officially, the Obama administration remains committed to enforcing sanctions on Iran’s main merchant shipping fleet, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, also known as IRISL. But in practice, since the Iran nuclear talks began early last year, many of IRISL’s cargo ships appear...

6th May 2015 - Quoted by Natalie Obiko Pearson and Siddarth Vikram Philip - Bloomberg

India Companies to Improve Iran Port Despite U.S. Pleas

Mark Dubowitz

The Indian government agreed to let the nation’s companies upgrade facilities at a port in Iran, despite U.S. warnings not to rush into investments in the country before a nuclear deal is completed.

6th May 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What We Learned From the Corker-Menendez Tussle

Mark Dubowitz

On Tuesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved to end debate on the Corker-Menendez bill seeking to give Congress some leverage in a final Iran deal.

6th May 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi

Barack Obama’s True Nuclear Test: North Korea

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama may be racing to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, but his nonproliferation legacy could ultimately hinge on a country further to the east — one that already has nuclear weapons and is led by an unpredictable 30-something.

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Obama’s New Answers on Iran Fall Flat

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Top Obama administration officials have released new details about how they would lift most sanctions against Iran. Those are unnerving some experts, who doubt the administration’s claims about the sanctions will hold up.

29th April 2015 - Standpoint

The President Blinked - The Ayatollah Didn’t

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The day after President Barack Obama withdrew his threat to veto legislation that gives Congress a say over a looming Iran nuclear deal, the Daily Beast ran the headline “Obama Blinks on Iran Nuke Vote.” The Iran deal may turn out to be the signature foreign policy legacy of his...

29th April 2015 - Business Insider

The Iranian ‘Deep State’ is Trying to Buy an Oil Refinery in Switzerland

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranians hit the streets earlier this month to celebrate a nuclear framework agreement that they hope will remove the international sanctions that have crippled their country’s economy for over a decade.

29th April 2015 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Alex Lawler - Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Rise in April After Framework Nuclear Accord

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's crude oil exports have risen in April following softer sales last month, helped by a framework nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and the possibility that Western sanctions could be lifted soon.

27th April 2015 - Quoted by Matthew J. Brodsky - The Jerusalem Post

Leveraging Sanctions With Iran

Having leaders already negotiated terms that would leave its entire nuclear-related infrastructure intact, Iran’s leaders shifted their focus to securing sanctions relief. Unfortunately, sanctions are America’s only insurance policy that Iran will keep up its end of the bargain – and...

21st April 2015 - Quoted by Lawrence J. Haas - U.S. News & World Report

Iran Is Already Winning

Mark Dubowitz

As global talks over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Vienna this week, one can’t help wonder whether, in a larger sense, the die of an Iranian regional, military and economic victory has already been cast. From Washington to Berlin, Moscow to Beijing, and many places in between,...

20th April 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the role of Congress in the Iran nuclear negotiations.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Toluse Olorunnipa & Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Iran Obama Sidesteps Iran Sanctions Timeline to Focus on Snapback

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama left open the possibility of negotiators lifting most sanctions against Iran at the start of a final nuclear deal -- rather than in phases -- so long as sanctions could be reimposed quickly if Iran violates its end of the deal.

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