Iran on the rise: Militarily, Technologically and Strategically. Did 40 years of US sanctions hurt or help?

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Iran activates 40 uranium-enrichment centrifuges in latest erosion of nuclear deal
Published time: 7 Sep, 2019
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Iran activates 40 uranium-enrichment centrifuges in latest erosion of nuclear deal

Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran speaks during news conference in Tehran©Wana News Agency / Reuters

Iran has started up 40 advanced centrifuges at its uranium enrichment facility, an Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman said Saturday, in a third step to scale back its commitments under the threatened nuclear deal.
“We have started lifting limitations on our research and development imposed by the [nuclear] deal,” Behrouz Kamalvandi told reporters, adding it would include the “development of more rapid and advanced centrifuges.”
Kamalvandi said “all these steps are reversible if the other side fulfils its promises” set out in the 2015 nuclear agreement, or JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) with China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and EU.
The nuclear chief said Iran’s scaling down of its commitments is only in response to the US’ unilateral exit from the agreement last year, which was followed by its reissuing of crippling sanctions.
The latest move comes as the Europeans failed to meet a 60-day deadline imposed by Tehran to fulfill their commitments under the deal and offset the effects of the sanctions with economic support.
“As far as the other side does not implement their commitments, they should not expect Iran to fulfil its commitments,” Kamalvandi said, adding, “The Europeans should know that there is not much time left.”
Kamalvandi said Iran would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to continue monitoring its nuclear program.
The Islamic Republic already increased its enriched uranium stockpile beyond the 300-kilogram cap set by the JCPOA, and began enriching uranium to purity rates beyond the limit of 3.67 percent.
The announcement comes as the US issued further sanctions on Iran, targeting businesses allegedly linked to the Revolutionary Guard Corp as part of its policy to keep “maximum pressure” on the country.
 
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    Iran should increase the uranium enrichment to above 20% and end this silly game.
     
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    Iran should increase the uranium enrichment to above 20% and end this silly game.
    I think the whole region will have a long lasting period of stability and peace when Iran detonates its first nuclear bomb to balance the powers and stop the bullying...
     
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    This qualifies for a new title: 40 years of US sanctions = 40 uranium-enrichment centrifuges...
    Why are you so ego to rush into judgement.
    Iranians can claim anything they want, but they are out of money and unlike them and you Trump and I are in no hurry.
     
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    Trump says he ‘could’ meet with Iran President Rouhani
    Published time: 9 Sep, 2019
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    Trump says he ‘could’ meet with Iran President Rouhani


    US President Donald Trump said he has “no problem with the idea” of meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. There are rumors the meeting could happen later this month at the UN General Assembly.
    Trump left open the possibility of the meeting during one of his helicopter press-conferences at the White House on Monday, prior to departing for North Carolina.
    Iran should straighten it out, because they’re in a very bad position right now.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Trump was willing to meet with Rouhani “with no pre-condition,” because “we don’t want war with Iran.”
    “It’s up to the Ayatollah to make the decision about the direction he wants to take his country,”
    Pompeo added, referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is rumored by the US media to be against the meeting.

    On Monday, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of hiding a secret “nuclear weapons development site” at Abadeh, south Isfahan. The Iranians “destroyed” the site upon learning that Israel knew about it, Netanyahu said.

    Israeli media have speculated that Netanyahu’s flight to London last week, coinciding with the visit by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, may have been intended to lobby against a Trump-Rouhani summit.

    After meeting with Netanyahu, however, Esper spoke approvingly of Iran making “subtle movements” towards negotiations.

    “It seems in some ways that Iran is inching towards that place where we could have talks and hopefully, it’ll play out that way,” Esper said at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

    Trump campaigned on ending the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and did so in April 2018. Since then, his administration has imposed sweeping sanctions against Tehran and demanded that Iran renegotiate the agreement.

    The 74th session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to meet on September 17, and there is a possibility of Trump and Rouhani meeting on the sidelines.
     
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    Trump says he ‘could’ meet with Iran President Rouhani
    Published time: 9 Sep, 2019
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    Trump says he ‘could’ meet with Iran President Rouhani


    US President Donald Trump said he has “no problem with the idea” of meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. There are rumors the meeting could happen later this month at the UN General Assembly.
    Trump left open the possibility of the meeting during one of his helicopter press-conferences at the White House on Monday, prior to departing for North Carolina.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Trump was willing to meet with Rouhani “with no pre-condition,” because “we don’t want war with Iran.”
    “It’s up to the Ayatollah to make the decision about the direction he wants to take his country,”
    Pompeo added, referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is rumored by the US media to be against the meeting.

    On Monday, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of hiding a secret “nuclear weapons development site” at Abadeh, south Isfahan. The Iranians “destroyed” the site upon learning that Israel knew about it, Netanyahu said.

    Israeli media have speculated that Netanyahu’s flight to London last week, coinciding with the visit by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, may have been intended to lobby against a Trump-Rouhani summit.

    After meeting with Netanyahu, however, Esper spoke approvingly of Iran making “subtle movements” towards negotiations.

    “It seems in some ways that Iran is inching towards that place where we could have talks and hopefully, it’ll play out that way,” Esper said at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

    Trump campaigned on ending the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and did so in April 2018. Since then, his administration has imposed sweeping sanctions against Tehran and demanded that Iran renegotiate the agreement.

    The 74th session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to meet on September 17, and there is a possibility of Trump and Rouhani meeting on the sidelines.
    Rouhani says he is not ready to meet with Trump.
     
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    This all sounds like Al Fakhouri deal in Lebanon.
    Wondering who’s going to accuse Iran Supreme leaders of treason like they did in Lebanon…


    ‘Thank you, Iran!’: Trump says 'deal is possible' after Tehran releases US Navy vet
    4 Jun, 2020 22:57 / Updated 1 day ago
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    ‘Thank you, Iran!’: Trump says 'deal is possible' after Tehran releases US Navy vet

    Michael White with US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook in Zurich, Switzerland. © Reuters / State Department handout

    US President Donald Trump has praised Tehran for releasing US Navy veteran Michael White, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018, hinting at a breakthrough that may pave way for a new nuclear deal.
    “I just got off the phone with former American hostage Michael White, who is now in Zurich after being released from Iran. He will be on a U.S. plane shortly, and is COMING HOME to the United States,” Trump tweeted on Thursday evening, before giving credit to the Islamic Republic for its cooperation in the process.
    Thank you Iran, it shows a deal is possible!
    White was taken into custody by Iranian authorities back in June 2018, when he was visiting his girlfriend. The California native, who served 13 years in the US Navy, was then sentenced to a decade in prison, charged with insulting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and sharing a private photo on social media.

    As the Covid-19 outbreak swept through the country, the Iranian government ordered thousands of inmates to be sent home in a bid to curb the pandemic.
    White was one of some 85,000 prisoners that were temporarily freed from jail, and remained in custody at the Swiss Embassy in Tehran until this week.
    A total of 164,270 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Iran as of Thursday, with authorities warning about a "second wave" of the deadly disease amid an uptick in new cases.
    Trump's rare praise for Tehran comes as the tensions between the two countries continue to run high.
    In May 2018, the US quit the landmark nuclear pact signed with Iran three years prior – formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – leaving it hanging in the balance and threatening other parties to the deal with sanctions in order to torpedo efforts to salvage it.

    Just last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington would be terminating almost all remaining waivers (with only one exception) for its sanctions against Iran in connection with several civilian facilities. This means that European, Chinese and Russian companies working on nuclear projects in Iran will have two months to wrap up their operations or face US wrath, which will come in the form of punitive measures. In the case of the civilian nuclear reactor in Bushehr, the US said the wind-down period would be 90 days to “to ensure safety.”

    In addition to stifling Iranian nuclear program, Washington has ramped up economic pressure on Tehran in line with its goal to reduce the nation's oil exports to zero. As a mini-flotilla of Iranian tankers loaded with gasoline set sail to Venezuela’s ports late last month in defiance of the US sanctions, the Venezuelan ambassador to the UN said that the Latin American country faced “the threat of imminent use of military force by the United States,” which opposed the shipment. Washington, however, did not make any moves to hamper the delivery, although there had been reports that it was considering retaliation.
     
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    ‘Your advisers made dumb bet’: Iran’s Zarif says prisoner swap with US succeeded ‘DESPITE’ Trump staffers’ efforts
    5 Jun, 2020 13:50
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    ‘Your advisers made dumb bet’: Iran’s Zarif says prisoner swap with US succeeded ‘DESPITE’ Trump staffers’ efforts

    (L) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. © Lai Seng Sin / Reuters; (R) US President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, John Bolton. © Jonathan Drake / Reuters

    The Iranian foreign minister said that people on Trump’s team have been steering the US towards more conflict with Tehran, including scrapping the nuclear deal and undermining peaceful gestures, like the recent prisoner swap.
    “We achieved humanitarian swap *despite* your subordinates’ efforts,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted to US President Donald Trump.
    Trump earlier thanked the Islamic Republic for releasing US Navy veteran Michael White, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018 for insulting Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and posting a private photo on social media. The US, in return, released Iranian-American researcher Majid Taheri, who served 16 months for violating US sanctions against Tehran.
    In his tweet, Trump hinted at reaching a “big deal” with Iran sometime after the US presidential election this fall, which the president feels confident of winning. He was apparently referring to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program. Zarif was quick to remind everyone that the deal began falling apart after Trump himself left the agreement two years ago.

    And we had a deal when you entered office. Iran & other JCPOA participants never left the table. Your advisors – most fired by now – made a dumb bet. Up to you to decide *when* you want to fix it.
    Zarif did not mention anyone by name, but he had frequently accused Trump’s former national security advisor, John Bolton, of steering the president towards greater conflict. A well-known foreign policy hawk, Bolton was dismissed in September 2019.
    Trump unilaterally abandoned the JCPOA in 2018, accusing Iran of secretly violating the deal and citing general mistrust of the Islamic Republic. The move was heavily criticized by the EU, Russia, and China, all of whom are also signatories to the agreement. The global nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed at the time that Iran was sticking to the deal.

    The US has since ramped up sanctions on Iran, targeting its oil exports, among other things, as part of the so-called ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against the country. Iran responded by scaling down its commitments under the JCPOA, stopping short of formally scrapping it. Officials in Tehran emphasized that they will return to full compliance once the EU provides some sort of relief from the US sanctions.

    Prisoner swaps are rare friendly gestures between Tehran and Washington, as the rivals regularly exchange diplomatic and military threats. The situation around the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz also remains tense. In April, US warships and Iranian patrol boats were involved in a standoff, with both sides accusing each other of dangerous maneuvers and provocations.
     
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