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Pompeo: Trump ‘Will Continue to Ratchet Up Pressure’ on Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump will increase pressure on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, but he declined specific comment on whether the administration would continue sanctions waivers for countries that import Iranian oil. Pompeo told a U.S. Senate committee he had “no announcements” on whether Washington would …

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AFTER U.S. SANCTIONS, IRAN’S PETROCHEMICAL EXPORTS DECLINE

The United States have started to enforce sanctions in the second half of 2018 after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran’s ports of petrochemical products during the last fiscal year stood at 20 million tons, compared to the 22.4 million that the country exported during the previous year, according …

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Soleimani: Mastermind of Iran’s Mideast Expansion

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week described a powerful Iranian military commander as a “terrorist,” while discussing options the U.S. government could have to further punish Iran for its destabilizing activities in the Middle East. “Qassem Soleimani has the blood of Americans on his hands … …

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US Designation of Revolutionary Guards Risks Escalation

By Dr. James M. Dorsey BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,139, April 12, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The US designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, and the Iranian response, has potentially put US military personnel in the region in harm’s way. The designation increases economic pressure on Iran because …

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US Designates Elite Iranian Force as Terrorist Organization

WHITE HOUSE – For the first time, the United States is designating a part of another government as a terrorist organization, targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), which is the Islamic Republic’s most powerful security organization. “This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is …

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Iran vows to retaliate if US lists Revolutionary Guards as terror organisation

‘So the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of terrorists in the region, will regret this inappropriate and idiotic action’ Iran has threatened to retaliate against the US if it designates its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation. Washington is reportedly expected to designate the IRGC as …

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امریکہ کا پاسدارانِ انقلاب کو دہشت گرد قرار دینے کا فیصلہ: رپورٹ

کراچی —  بین الاقوامی ذرائع ابلاغ نے دعویٰ کیا ہے کہ امریکہ نے ایران کی فوج ‘پاسدارانِ انقلاب’کو غیر ملکی دہشت گرد تنظیموں کی فہرست میں شامل کرنے کا فیصلہ کرلیا ہے۔ خبر رساں ادارے رائٹرز کے مطابق اسے امریکی حکومت کے تین اعلیٰ اہلکاروں نے بتایا کہ فیصلے کا …

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UN Nuclear Watchdog Inspects Iran ‘Warehouse,’ Diplomats Say

VIENNA —  The U.N. atomic watchdog policing Iran’s nuclear deal has inspected what Israel’s prime minister called a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran, three diplomats familiar with the agency’s work said. In a speech at the United Nations in September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who vehemently opposes the …

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Are Iran-Supported Afghan Fighters Returning To Afghanistan?

The Ministry of Defense in Kabul has denied reports that the members of Iran-supported Liwa Fatemiyoun have returned to Afghanistan. Liwa Fatemiyoun, also known as Fatemiyoun Division, is an Afghan Shi’ite militia formed, trained and funded by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) beginning in 2014 to fight in Syria …

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U.S. considering additional Iran sanctions, perhaps in May: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is considering additional sanctions against Iran that would target areas of its economy that have not been hit before, a senior Trump administration official told reporters on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Gas flares from an oil production platform at the Soroush oil fields in the Persian …

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