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Thanks, Yota. Roughly ten percent of Airbus parts come from the US, so i'm taking this as a positive sign.

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Secret report: Iran may have violated an arms embargo

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Confidential report said that the Secretary-General of the United Nations Security Council informed the concern of the possibility that Iran had breached an arms embargo by providing Hezbollah with weapons and missiles.

 
According to Reuters, the second report, semi-annual, which is scheduled to be debated by the Security Council on January 18, refers to the accusation from France that the shipment of arms seized in the north of the Indian Ocean in March were from Iran and possibly they were on their way to Somalia or Yemen.

 
And it raised most of the UN sanctions a year ago under an agreement concluded with Iran , Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the United States and the European Union to curb its nuclear program. 

But Iran is still subject to an arms embargo and other restrictions are not technically part of the nuclear deal. 

The Secretary - General (former) Ban Ki - moon this report to the Security Council on December 30 before his successor Antonio Guterres on the first of January. 

This comes just weeks before President - elect Donald Trump 's office. The Trump had threatened to either cancel the nuclear deal or seek a better deal. 

Ban said in the report 'Hassan Nasrallah , Secretary General of Hezbollah , said in a televised speech broadcast on Al - Manar television on June 24, 2016 that Hezbollah 's budget and Roatbh and expenses and weapons and missiles all come from Iran. 

He added: 'I am deeply concerned by the statement , which indicates that the transfer of arms and related material of her possibly being in violation of Iran' the decision of the UN Security Council. '

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Five main candidates to succeed Khamenei

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Breathe by Iranian militants sigh of relief with the absence of the Chairman of the Expediency Hashemi Rafsanjani Council, is still the possibility of his successor Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and paved the way for serious thinking about his successor, especially that late last year, said the leader «is preparing a list of potential characters that can occupy position ». The list included 100 candidates and the selection was limited to three or five people, and without mentioning possible names.

It is widely believed that the death of Rafsanjani will open a new page in dealing militants with political scene, and some even go to reduce the pressure on reformists due to a lack of potential for personal dig behind her and not to be afraid of a political or societal division at home, and some even waiting for clearance pressures imposed the two leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. The issue remains on the position of the Revolutionary Guards, this entity did not feel embarrassed by Rafsanjani, for he stood at his side and even co-founded, and was a supporter of the work of its institutions. But he did not want to see him in the position of leader, because he believed that Rafsanjani was not entirely consistent with his ideas and adopting issues considered strategic, such as «exporting the revolution» and supporting the vulnerable and to deal with the Western countries, foreign investment, and thus his departure rested parties and make it before the benefits are different from the goals set by in 2009.

Some had interpreted the statement Khamenei during a meeting with members of the new Assembly of Experts after their first meeting in May (last May), and his talk about the task undertaken by their council to elect a new leader, he refers to the illness affects makes members before the election event raided in his absence. However, insiders believe that the leader intended to invite the Assembly of Experts to elect his successor in his lifetime, similar to what had been followed during the reign of Imam Khomeini, when he was elected Hossein Ali Montazeri as his successor before he cuts off after disagreements occurred at the time.

Sources indicate that the first interest in the need to create a profile candidate to succeed him in case of any emergency Khamenei, and to achieve stability for Iran in the event of his absence. This initiative has received support from offering many leaders, including Rafsanjani.

It names put forward for this sensitive post, President Hassan Rowhani, Vice-President of the Assembly of Experts Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, head of the judiciary Sadeq Larijani, op militant Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, the son of Supreme Leader Mojtaba Khamenei, and Hassan Khomeini, son of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini. It has emerged as a major name Ibrahim, Deputy Head of the Judiciary newly appointed supervisor of the shrine of Imam Ali Ibn Musa Reza, one of the important institutions in Iran on religious and economic levels, and is respected by Shiites in the world.

Shahroudi has emerged early in the proximity of Khamenei since he assumed the post of leader after the departure of Khomeini, but his chances diminished due to the Iraqi assets and lack of enjoyment of charismatic leadership in a country facing a stressful challenges. Therefore, it is likely that the leader dropped his name from the list of candidates, and other names still seesaw between acceptance and exclusion, based on their personalities and leadership familiarity with the affairs of the country and the law and challenges.

Rafsanjani was floated the idea of forming a leadership council shall missions leader instead of one person as stipulated in the Constitution, but they have not received the unanimous concerned, especially the Revolutionary Guards, stresses the need for a personal fundamentalism as velayat-e faqih can maintain values and revolutionary principles that came in the Islamic Republic, which walked by Khamenei, especially in light of the dominance of the United States believed the situation and developments in the Middle East and the world.

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Iran expresses its readiness to cooperate with the American oil companies
Iran expresses its readiness to cooperate with the American oil companies

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said Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs Hossein Amir Zamaninia, said that Tehran was ready to cooperate with US oil companies. 

" The Zamaninia", in an interview with the channel "CNN" America, said on Wednesday that he was "optimistic that there will be a good economic cooperation between the two countries during the coming period." 

He pointed out , "there are large opportunities for US companies in Iran, which will create a lot of new jobs for Americans." 

Although Donald Trump take over, which opposes the lifting of sanctions on Iran, the president in Washington, the Iranian official said , "I do not see any challenges to the formation of co - operation in the field of oil with America, in the event of the last send positive signals in this regard." 

Iran is experiencing Toalfda for foreign companies to invest in various sectors, since the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran, after reaching an agreement with the international community over its nuclear program. 

And it reached Iran in July 14, 2015, a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers group "5 +1" (China, Russia, America, France and Britain , plus Germany). 

Under the agreement , to reduce the capabilities of Tehran 's nuclear program, in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed on it, and entered into force in January / December 2016 a second.

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2 hours ago, yota691 said:

" The Zamaninia", in an interview with the channel "CNN" America, said on Wednesday that he was "optimistic that there will be a good economic cooperation between the two countries during the coming period." 

He pointed out , "there are large opportunities for US companies in Iran, which will create a lot of new jobs for Americans." 

Yota, Thanks, DV,  President DJT is all about business & the American people so as long as America's interest is "Priority" who knows a deal could be in the making.  Win Win so Iran needs us so please do not get it twisted....LoL 

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Obama was Irans Buddy.... Trump will F____ You Up.. Walk lightly..or you will have a Mad Dog on you azzz 

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59 minutes ago, Boozer said:

Obama was Irans Buddy.... Trump will F____ You Up.. Walk lightly..or you will have a Mad Dog on you azzz 

Makes you believe that Mr O was a closet Shia, doesn't it ?

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Trump: Iran is playing with fire

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President Donald Trump reiterated his warning to Iran, after the experience of the missile, saying it was "playing with fire".

Trump said in a tweet published by the official account on the site "Twitter", said Friday that Tehran "is not estimated how much Obama was nice with it, I'm not well."

Earlier, Trump said that "all options are on the table" with regard to respond to Iran, having recently conducted a test of a ballistic missile.

However, Tehran rejected a warning made by the US administration after her experience, saying it "provocative", in the evolution threatens to escalate tensions between the two countries.

And issued warnings to respond to Trump and his national security adviser Michael Flynn, the words of Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

 

Ghasemi said, as quoted by the official Iranian news agency, said that "the observations made by the national security of US President Donald Trump adviser unfounded and duplicate and provocative."

 

 

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The face of US President Donald Trump, on Friday, a sharp-worded warning to Iran, saying that the latter "playing with fire" which is different from its predecessor Barack Obama in dealing with it.
 

Trump said in a tweet on Twitter, "Iran is playing a shot, do not appreciate how much President Obama was good with them, I would not be so."

 

 

 
US President Donald Trump did not rule out the option of military action in dealing with the Iranian challenges, and in light of escalating tensions between the two countries following the procedure Tehran test-fired a ballistic missile and guide the management of Trump official warning to them.

 

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Trump to Iran: Forget the "kindness" Obama .. and Zarif: We will not initiate war and we can rely on our defense

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President Donald Trump and warnings of renewed his warning to Iran after the recent military activities, saying it was "playing with fire", while Tehran responded "immediately" on Washington.

Trump said in a tweet published by the official account on the site "Twitter", said Friday that Tehran "is not estimated how much Obama was nice with it, I'm not well."

Lord Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the other Bngradh tweet Trump, saying that Iran was "not interested in the American threats."

Zarif said on "Twitter": "Iran is not packed to the threats that we derive the security of our people. Will not initiate war, but we can always rely on our means to defend."

Earlier, Trump said that "all options are on the table" with regard to respond to Iran, having recently conducted a test of a ballistic missile.

However, Tehran rejected a warning made by the US administration after her experience, saying it "provocative", in the evolution threatens to escalate tensions between the two countries.

And issued warnings to respond to Trump and his national security adviser Michael Flynn, the words of Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

Ghasemi said, as quoted by the official Iranian news agency, said that "the observations made by the national security of US President Donald Trump adviser unfounded and duplicate and provocative."

It is noteworthy that Iran is one of seven states Trump recently ordered its citizens to prevent the entry Maguet.anthy 29/9 P

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announced that Iran plans to impose sanctions against companies and businessmen Americans; after the Washington Declaration to impose sanctions on 13 members and 12 Iranian companies. 

A statement posted on the Iranian Foreign Ministry website, " in response to US moves illegal against Iran, will be in accordance with the principle of reciprocity, to impose sanctions against persons and companies help radical terrorist groups (not specified), and the acts of murder and intimidation against the defenseless people in the region." 

He added that he will announce the names of persons and corporate America to be covered by the sanctions at a later date. 

Iranian Foreign Ministry attributed the reason for the sanctions resolution as "Washington announced its willingness to publish a list of new sanctions on some Iranian figures and companies, because of Iran 's missile test, and the decree which prevents the entry of Iranian citizens to the United States." 

On January 27 / December last second, Trump signed an executive order is hereby suspended to allow the refugees to enter the United States for four months, as the ban on entering the country for 90 days on arriving from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. 

Earlier Friday, announced that the US Treasury Department, to impose sanctions on 13 members and 12 Iranian companies, in the first US sanctions affect Iran during the reign of Trump. 

The ministry statement said, if it comes in the framework of responding to test - fire a ballistic missile, conducted by Tehran last week. 

The statement said the sanctions aimed at supporting the views of the Iranian program to develop ballistic missiles, and the Qods Force of the Revolutionary Guards. 

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US Defense Secretary: Iran 's largest state sponsor of terrorism

US Defense Secretary: Iran's largest state sponsor of terrorism

 

     
 
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Twilight News US Secretary of Defense James Mattis / said on Saturday that Iran is the "leading state sponsor of terrorism", the day after US President Donald Trump sanctions against Tehran following the recent experience of ballistic missile.

He said Mathis, during a news conference in Tokyo that "in the case of Iran, this is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world," adding that he saw no need now to promote the many American soldiers in the Middle East, as quoted by "AFP."

He explained: "We always have the ability to do it. But now I do not think it is necessary."

The Trump has vowed to pursue a more aggressive policy against Tehran and his administration warns of concrete action if Iran does not limit the ballistic missile program, and continued to support the acting regional conflicts.

The United States announced new sanctions on Friday, just two days after directing Trump management warning to Iran in the aftermath of conducting a test launch of a ballistic missile.

 
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The EDBI is holding negotiations with the Export-Import Bank of India, Eximbank of Russia and another unnamed Russian bank.
The EDBI is holding negotiations with the Export-Import Bank of India, Eximbank of Russia and another unnamed Russian bank.
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The Export Development Bank of Iran will grant credit lines to three Asian banks in either euro or the currencies of target countries
Two credit lines collectively worth €175 million will soon be approved for two South Korean and Turkish banks
 

The Export Development Bank of Iran will soon grant credit lines to banks in South Korea, Turkey and Iraq, announced the bank's chief executive.

"Two credit lines collectively worth €175 million will soon be approved for two South Korean and Turkish banks," Ali Salehabadi was quoted as saying by IBENA.

He added that €100 million have been considered for the Export-Import Bank of Korea or Korea Eximbank, while Turk Eximbank will receive €75 million.

The official stressed that the credit lines are not in US dollar and will be issued either "in euro or currencies of the target countries".

Salehabadi also announced that an $18 million credit line will be opened with an Iraqi bank, saying the credit line aims to expand Iran's exports to the neighboring Arab country and "if other Iraqi banks meet the capital adequacy ratio, we are ready to allocate more lines of credit to that country".

"This way, Iranian exporters can cash in their exports through this credit line and the Iraqi bank will repay it over a period of two years," Salehabadi said. "All the best exporters, namely 82% of top-notch exporters in the country, are our clients."

He further noted that EDBI is holding negotiations with Export-Import Bank of India, Eximbank of Russia and another unnamed Russian bank. 

"We are now in the phase of doing the paperwork," he added.

According to the official, the bank has also signed memorandums of understanding with the Indonesia Eximbank and the Eximbank of Hungary.

Loan Performance 

Salehabadi said EDBI's financing of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) has been one of the main focuses of the Central Bank of Iran during the current fiscal year.

"During the first 10 months of the year (March 20-Janaury 19), 198 of the ailing SMEs received 3.884 trillion rials ($100.4 million) in capital from the bank," he said.

During the same period, he added, the exim bank allocated 4 trillion rials ($104.6 million) to "various export-oriented manufacturing sectors with a 5% interest subsidy" following an agreement with the Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade. 

Based on the agreement, the bank will also dole out "loans worth 10 billion rials ($261,500) and 20 billion rials ($523,000) to these industries to meet their working capital needs". 

As reported by Salehabadi, EDBI has allocated 38.433 trillion rials ($1 billion) worth of loans in the 10 months to Jan. 19, which registers a 10% rise in working capital loans. 

"But loans allocated to certain schemes have declined because one of the policies approved in the shareholders' meeting of the bank was to increase working capital loans," he said.

"The remaining foreign exchange deposits of EDBI equal $1.320 billion, which marks a 150% increase when put up against the corresponding period of last year."

Salehabadi noted that the remaining rial deposits of the bank have reached 16.908 trillion rials ($442.1 million), marking a rise of 84%.

According to the official, the bank's letters of credit stood at 2.95 trillion rials ($77.14 million) by the end of the 10th month, registering another considerable rise of 587%.

In conclusion, Salehabadi put the total value of credit lines opened at EDBI at "about $500 million" and payment orders at $2.7 billion.

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Iran's colossal military capabilities are nothing but charade - Report

February 06 2017 06:00 PM
Iran boasts its hollow power
Iran boasts its hollow power
 

 

Military experts said in a detailed strategic report that the Iranian military capabilities are nil if compared to the ones of the Gulf states.

They also added that Iran, through its media platforms, is falsifying the truth in this respect.

According to the strategists, this conclusion is no kind of overrating to the Iranian capabilities as it is based on plain facts relating to military aspects.

Iran's ground forces are practically paralyzed from a plain military perspective, the experts say, the Gulf States have strong points which are, at the same time, considered weaknesses for Iran.

Another bonus for the Gulf States is that none of them has land borders with Iran.

Also, the Iranian ground troops, whose numbers are a matter of incessant boasting by the Iranians, will represent no threat to the Gulf countries due to the natural water barrier (the gulf waters).

Gulf States, not Iran, have a superior air force

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As for the air force, Iran is a very weak country due to the embargo imposed on exporting spare parts to its outmoded jets, which barred Tehran from upgrading its air fleet or training pilots.

On the other side, the Gulf countries have sophisticated fighter jets and top-crust pilots given that wars currently are based on modern technology in the first place.

Somehow balanced naval forces

In this report, the experts say that the big Iranian warships were destroyed in the 1980s, and it now depends on small gunboats and North Korea-style submarines.

And this is considered somehow an impediment to the Gulf States. But they can use it through gunship helicopters whose takeoffs and landings are from aboard frigates.

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Also, Iran has missile-based capsizing capabilities but they are not powerful enough as they lack proper communication and direction systems.  

The experts indicated that this system depends mainly on hitting hostile targets with the biggest possible number of projectiles.

The report explains that Iran also adopts proxy wars through its stooges in the region such al-Hashd militias (IMIS), Houthis, Hezbollah, minorities and Shiite organizations.

The attempts of these forces could be refuted depending on intelligence agencies, whose staffers in the Gulf are highly trained.

Yet Tehran capitalizes on media which stirs its surrogates to stir chaos through fomenting demos, sit-ins and rebellion in the Gulf.

To face this, a number of newspapers, websites and satellite channels were launched to expose the Iranian plots and destructive policies in the region.

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Asked a group of Republican and Democratic members of the Senate bipartisan, composed of leading members of the Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a draft bill to tighten sanctions on Iran because of the launch of ballistic missile operations and activities of the other non-nuclear.

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Bob Corker, Republican chairman of the committee, wrote that the project so as not to interfere with the international nuclear agreement made during the rule of former President Barack Obama.

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Washington imposes sanctions on 30 entities linked to Iran

Washington imposed sanctions on 30 entities linked to Iran

 

 
 
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Twilight News US State Department / said Friday that the United States imposed sanctions :eek: on 30 foreign entities  and individuals due to the transfer of sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program or to violate restrictions on the export to Iran , North Korea and Syria. 
She Foreign Affairs in a statement that 11 of the companies and individuals from China and North Korea sanctions imposed on them because of the transfer of technology may enhance ballistic missile program in Iran. 
The statement said the sanctions were imposed on 19 entities or individuals because of other violations under the Prevention of the proliferation of private , Iran , North Korea and Syria Arms Act. It is believed that the individuals and entities covered by the sanctions taken or possessed sensitive technology that could contribute to the development of weapons of mass destruction.

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24/03/2017 16:30

The US State Department announced that Washington imposed sanctions on 30 entities and individuals in 10 countries under the Nonproliferation Act.

WASHINGTON - Sputnik

 

The State Department said the new sanctions would be against Syria, North Korea and Iran, in addition to the normal and legal Chksat than 10 countries, including the UAE, according to Reuters.

 

The ministry stressed that the sanctions are not directed against countries where the characters live included on the blacklist or the governments of those countries, also drew Washington's sanctions list, of 11 people for involvement in the export of weapons to Yemen to Ansar Allah.

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The latest Iranian-made tank

Washington is preparing to hit Tehran

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The United States sees Iran as the most important source of unrest shaking the Middle East.

He announced the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee in the US House of Representatives, Mac Turnberry, that Iran aspires to dominate the Middle East and thus threaten the stability of the region.

 

The General Joseph Votal, the US Central Military Command, which includes the area of its 21 countries in Africa and Asia, the commander, the members of the Armed Forces Committee that the greatest threat to the stability of this region comes from Iran.

Gen. Joseph Votal stressed the need for the US Defense Department be prepared to take military action against Iran, whose leaders continue to put obstacles in front of the units of the US armed forces in the Middle East.

US General finds Tehran able to confront and resist Washington to intervene in what is happening in Iraq, Syria and other countries in the region.

The newspaper "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" Russian What is most concerned about the possibility of US military that Iran put popular forces backed by Tehran in Iraq, which is involved in the Iraqi government's war on the organization of "Daesh", in the face against the existing American forces in Iraq.

He also expressed the US Central Military Command, expressed concern about the support of Iran and the Syrian government.

Gen. Joseph Votal: "We are concerned that Iran is making efforts towards the Syrian regime in its war against supporting the opposition."

The seal of the US Central Military Command, his speech to members of the Armed Services Committee in the US House of Representatives, saying that Tehran is seeking to stoke the flames of conflicts in Yemen and in Lebanon and in the Gaza Strip, and contacts growing with Russia's help to create problems in the broader Middle East region.

Gen. Joseph Votal claimed that Iran is working on the earthquake situation in the Middle East, and is seeking to fabricate new conflicts through the provision of financial support to participants in the conflict and to provide warring parties with weapons and conducting military activities provocative.

It concluded the newspaper to say that there is enough charges to try to stop Tehran when alone by arms. But the question that arises is whether Washington take into account what would the war on two fronts in the same region ... against the organization "Daesh" against Iran?

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America includes the brother of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani on the list of sanctions

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America includes the brother of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani on the list of sanctions

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The United States has included the brother of General Qassim Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, on the sanctions list, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday.

"Today, the Treasury Department has classified a person on the background of human rights violations against Iranian political prisoners in Iran's prisons," said Spicer. "This is the brother of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, who is on the terrorism list."

 

"The sanctions against human rights violators in Iranian prisons come at a time when Iran continues to unfairly detain a number of foreigners, including US citizens Siamok Namazi and Bakr Namazi," Spicer said. 

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Tillerson: Washington dropped the issue of lifting sanctions on Iran
 
 
 
 
 
 
It announced that the US administration of President, Donald Trump , it is conducting a review of whether the lifting ofsanctions against Iran is in the US national security interest.

He said US Secretary of State, R. Lex Tillerson , in a letter to the President of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, the largest Republican member of Congress, on Tuesday, said that Iran is still committed to the agreement reached in 2015, but pointed out that "there are concerns about its role as a sponsor of terrorism. "

The agreement provides that notify the State Department Congress every 90 days, Iran's commitment to what is known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan. This is the first notification of its kind in the era of Trump.

He said Tillerson said in a statement that "the US State Department confirmed the Chairman of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan today that Iran until April 18 / April implement its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action".


Iran is still on the list of state sponsors of terrorism 

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"The president Donald Trump drew a review carried out by the agencies (government) under the supervision of the National Security Council Comprehensive Plan Joint Action to assess whether the suspension of sanctions against Iran ... will be essential to the national security interests of the United States."

He did not say how much it will take the review, but he pointed out in his letter to Ryan, that the administration looks forward to working with Congress on the issue.

 

The Trump, has been criticized during his campaign for the presidential elections in 2016, the nuclear deal explicitly, but he expressed conflicting opinions about whether it will try to cancel or modify it , or keep it with more restrictions. 

The report noted that , on Tuesday, that while Trump agreed on the findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran is committed to the agreement, it is looking for other ways to increase pressure on Tehran.

Despite the easing of sanctions, Iran is still on the list of the US State Department sponsors of terrorism, and continues to be subject to non - nuclear sanctions, including the violation of human rights and support for the government of Syrian President Bashar al - Assad .

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      The attack “embarrassed” the Iraqi government, which has pledged to secure diplomatic missions and protect US interests, senior Iraqi officials told Arab News.
      The Iraqi president, prime minister and speaker of Parliament, as well as heads of political blocs and commanders of armed factions linked to Iran, have held meetings over the past few days.
      “We’re working together to invest our relations with the two parties (the US and Iran) in order to ease the tension and find peaceful solutions,” Ahmad Al-Assadi, head of an Iraqi parliamentary bloc, told Arab News.
      “The outbreak of war between America and Iran will cause great damage to the entire region. Iraq will be the biggest loser because it’s in the heart of the storm.”
      During the meetings, political leaders and representatives of armed factions linked to Iran agreed on a 12-point document that aims “to keep Iraq away from the ongoing struggle between the US and Iran by all possible means.” Al-Assadi said the Iraqi Parliament will vote on the approved document.
      Dozens of paramilitary troops associated with Iran operate in Iraq, and present the biggest challenge for the Iraqi government and political leaders.
      “We agreed that no armed faction is allowed to ignite the war inside Iraq for any reason, and whoever violates this deal will be considered our enemy,” one of the leaders linked to Iran, who participated in the meetings, told Arab News.
      “We don’t want to be blamed for this war, but the situation may change if the US insists on starting this war inside Iraq.”
       
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