Iran Focus (37)

Open Secret of Iran and Al-Qaeda

Iran Focus London, 21 Oct - The director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, has spoken about the open secret' regarding links between Iran and al-Qaeda during the Obama administration. Pompeo criticised the Obama administration for downplaying the relationship. He said: It's an open secret and not classified ...

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal Strategy

Iran Focus London, 21 Oct - According to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, from South Carolina, a longtime lawmaker, Senate Republicans plan to introduce legislation that will add new conditions to the legislation that gives them review authority over the Iran nuclear deal. Graham said the current ...

Europe Joins US in the Long List of Conditions for Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Focus London, 21 Oct - Although Tehran believed that a cohesive European stance would help it withstand US pressure, on Sunday, Europeans agreed on common points with the US, and deferred the controversy until the US Congress reaches a clear American position on the nuclear deal, which must ...

Human Rights Abuses Continue in Iran

Iran Focus London, 21 Oct - According to reports, at least 3,111 inmates have been executed in Iran between August of 2013 and September of 2017, the years of President Hassan Rouhani's tenure. Included in this number are 81 women, and 24 individuals who were arrested while they were under the age ...

The Iranian Nuclear Deal Needs a Redo

Iran Focus London, 20 Oct - Mere days after Donald Trump decertified the Iranian nuclear deal and passed the issue of whether or not to re-impose sanctions to Congress, people are wondering where we should go from here. As of yet, Trump has not said that he would walk out on the agreement between ...

The Iranian Regime Is the Root of All Troubles in the Middle East

Iran Focus London, 20 Oct - Last week, Donald Trump turned US policy on Iran completely on its head with his speech addressing the Iranian Regime's long history of aggressive behaviour towards America, starting with the 1979 US embassy seizure and hostage crisis. It wasn't just his decertification ...

Maryam Rajavi to Italy: Support the Iranian Resistance, Not the Regime

Iran Focus London, 19 Oct - The President-her of the Iranian Resistance Forces has made a statement for the Italian Senate arguing that support for the Resistance is key in the fight for global peace and security. Maryam Rajavi, who leads the National Council of Resistance of Iran which serves as a ...

UN Implores Iran Not to Execute Another Child

Iran Focus London, 19 Oct - The United Nations implored the Iranian Regime to halt today's execution of a juvenile offender who was sentenced to death at the age of 16. Several human rights experts released a joint statement, from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights , which read: ...

Trump Supporting the Iranian People Will Be Big Blow to the Regime

Jubin Katiraie Last week, United States President Donald Trump refused to re-certify Iran as compliant to the 2015 nuclear deal. Congress is now in the 60-day debate period during which it must decide if the crippling economic sanctions that were in place before the deal was signed are to be ...

The Iranian People's National Interests May Be Aligned With Those of the US

Iran Focus London, 19 Oct - This week the US foreign policy team unveiled its new policy on Iran and measures to address the nuclear deal, formally known as the JCPOA. On October 13th, President Trump laid out the major points of this new policy, which include the decertification of the JCPOA, and ...

The People of Iran Are the Key to Democracy

Iran Focus London, 18 Oct - There are four things in Iran that impact heavily on US foreign policy: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, his personal terror squads , the Iranian Government led by so-called moderate Hassan Rouhani, and the Iranian people themselves whose views and values are ...

Trump Needs to Confront the Iranian Regime Over Their Attacks on US Allies Who Are Battling ISIS

Iran Focus London, 18 Oct - Mere days after Donald Trump decertify Iranian compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, citing their destabilising influence in the Middle East as one of many reasons, Iran attacked US allies who were fighting ISIS in Iraq. The Kurdish Peshmerga, who have been retaking land ...

Kurdish Forces Accuse Iran of Helping Iraq to Take Over Their Territory

Iran Focus London, 18 Oct - The Kurdistan Regional Government have accused the Iranian Regime of helping the Iraqi government gain control of disputed territories in northern Iraq, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The Iraqi government forces marched into the Kurdish-controlled territories ...

Trump: Iran Changes Its Tune Follow Decertification

Iran Focus London, 17 Oct - Donald Trump believes that the Iranian Regime may be changing its tone, just days after he decertified their compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, but stressed that this shift may not be genuine because they are skilled negotiators. He said: They negotiated a phenomenal ...

Europe Follows Trump's Lead on Iran

Iran Focus London, 17 Oct - Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, the former general manager of Al Arabiya news channel, and former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, wrote an op-ed for Arab News explaining that since Trump's decision to decertify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Europe has become ...

Why Trump Had to Decertify the Iran Deal

Iran Focus London, 17 Oct - Investor Business Daily published an op-ed explaining why Trump's decision to decertify the Iran deal was a clever' move. They wrote that Trump's decertification puts the onus on Congress to decide in the next 60 days whether or not to impose sanctions on Iran, leave the ...

Javad Zarif Calls All Iranians IRGC

Iran Focus London, 17 Oct - Just one day after the US Department of Treasury designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has made the bizarre claim that the IRGC represent all Iranians. Zarif tweeted: Today, ...

Iran: Athlete Arrested for Being Invited to Israel

Iran Focus London, 17 Oct - According to the reports, an athlete has been under arrest since August 2017 in Iran. He has been arrested for receiving an invitation from the Bodybuilding Federation of Israel and expressing interest in participating in the tournament. The athlete Mohammad Kahkesh was ...

Don't Let Rouhani Paint Decertification as Attack on Iranian People

Iran Focus London, 16 Oct - America should clarify that Donald Trump's decision to decertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal does not mean that sanctions will be swiftly reimposed, but that the Iranian Regime will be given a chance to properly curb their nuclear and military activities ...

Oil Prices Rise Following Decertification of Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Focus London, 16 Oct - Donald Trump's decertification of the Iranian Regime as compliant in the 2015 nuclear deal and the potential for new sanctions against the Middle Eastern country caused oil prices to rise dramatically on Monday. The international benchmark for oil prices was valued at ...

Is Trump's Decertification of Iran More Blustering or a Real Attempt at Change in Iran?

Iran Focus London, 16 Oct - Following Donald Trump's decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal he received much criticism from Western powers who ignored the real threat that the Iranian Regime posed. Baria Alamuddin, the editor of the Media Services Syndicate and a foreign editor at Al-Hayat, ...

Iran: IRGC More Important Than Nuclear Deal

Iran Focus London, 15 Oct - United States President Donald Trump announced on Friday that a new strategy for dealing with Iran was being initiated. He refused to recertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal which is no surprise because he has criticised it on a number of occasions. At the ...

US Defense Secretary James Mattis Says He Stands by Trump's Iran Strategy

Iran Focus London, 14 Oct - On Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he supports President Trump's newly unveiled strategy regarding Iran, following the president's announcement of his decision not to certify Tehran's compliance with the The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action , known commonly ...

British Intelligence Blames Iran for June 23rd Cyber-Attack on MPs' Emails

Iran Focus London, 14 Oct - A cyber-attack on the email accounts of dozens of MPs occurred in June, and according to an unpublished assessment by British intelligence, Iran is to blame. Disclosure of the report comes at an awkward juncture, as Donald Trump made it clear on Friday that he wants to ...

Iran Continues Its Hostage-Taking to Gain Geopolitical and Financial Concessions

Iran Focus London, 13 Oct - Nazanin Ratcliffe is a British citizen who worked as a project manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation's charitable section. As she attempted to board a plane to return home after a visit with her family in Iran, she and her infant daughter had their passports ...

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps Prepares for Foreign Terrorist Organization Designation

Iran Focus London, 13 Oct - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are watching from the sidelines as U.S. President Trump prepares to make his announcement regarding U.S. policy toward Tehran and the fate of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action . This is because, reportedly, Trump is also ...

Trump Refuses to 'Recertify' the Iran Deal

Jubin Katiraie On Friday October 13, After President Trump unveiled a new strategy against Iran that included decertifying the nuclear agreement negotiated under the Obama administration. The Pentagon said it is reviewing its entire breadth' of methods to counter Iran. The review includes security ...

Iran and Al-Qaeda's Links

Iran Focus London, 13 Oct - A relationship between al-Qaeda and Iran is an unlikely one considering the very volatile Sunni – Shia problems and differences. However, when aims coincide, these differences can be put to one side. The Iranian regime has been working with al-Qaeda ever since the ...

Will Trump Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Iran Focus London, 12 Oct - Regarding the law requiring the president to determine every 90 days if Iran is abiding by the accord, Mr. Trump said, If it was up to me, I would have had those noncompliant 180 days ago.' Although Trump has certified Iran's compliance twice, he has done so reluctantly. ...

Why Iran Regime Must Be Denuclearized

Iran Focus London, 12 Oct - While everyone agrees that Iran must not be allowed to produce nuclear weapons, some go further and say that if the world's number one supporter of terrorism is allowed to produce nuclear weapons, no other state can be denied them. Proliferation will result in a world of ...

Palestinian Peace Efforts Could Spell the End of Iranian Influence

By Jubin Katiraie The Iranian regime has been meddling in conflicts across the Middle East for a long time. For example, Iran has been involved in the Syrian civil war since the very beginning and it has provided extensive military support and training to the country's president – Bashar al Assad. ...

The Award-Winning Iranian Film-Maker, Faces Six-Year Prison Sentence

Iran Focus London, 11 Oct - Born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1972, Mohammad Rasoulof is an award-winning independent filmmaker, famous for his works, A Man of Integrity', which won this year's prize at Cannes, as well as Goodbye' and Manuscripts Don't Burn'. On September 15th, Rasoulof had his passport ...

German Intelligence Reports Detail Iran's Attempts to Obtain Nuclear Technology

Iran Focus London, 11 Oct - Intelligence reports from Germany have indicated that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been trying to obtain illicit technology that could be used in the country's ballistic missile and nuclear programs. This calls into question Iran's compliance with the terms of the ...

Iran: Nuclear Deal Does Not Achieve Main Aims

Iran Focus London, 10 Oct - The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action , more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, has faced much criticism from the Trump administration. The whole purpose of the nuclear deal was to put an end to the nuclear threat posed by the Islamic Republic. Many leaders, ...

The Iran Threat Remains for Saudi Arabia

Iran Focus London, 10 Oct - Saudi Arabia has all of a sudden shown a great interest in the import of weapons. It is looking for an increase in quantity and an increase in quality. But why? Quite simply, the kingdom is under more of a threat that it has ever been for two main reasons. Firstly, the ...

Iran and North Korea: President Trump and The 'Storm' That Is on Its Way

Iran Focus London, 9 Oct - During a dinner for military commanders and their spouses last week, United States President Donald Trump made reference to the calm before the storm'. There has been much speculation about what the president meant by this comment, but there are rumours that he was ...

Imprisoned in Iran, British-Iranian London Resident, Woman, Continues to Hope

Iran Focus London, 9 Oct - In London, vigils are held for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe outside the Iranian Embassy. When asked if the vigils help, Nazanin's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said, It doesn't matter. I know it's what Nazanin wants. She needs to know that I've stood by her side.' Nazanin ...