The Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015 with major world powers requires Iran to adhere to limits regarding its stock of heavy water. The excess must be shipped abroad.
However, Iran is challenging the obligation to ship out any stock that exceeds the 130-tonne limit. This has raised concerns that there will be a confrontation with the Trump administration because the Islamic Republic is fast approaching the limit.
A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday that they support additional sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile tests, amid reports that the Trump administration will roll out financial penalties. ‘THE Hill’ reported on February 2. The following is the full text.
Twenty-two senators sent a letter — spearheaded by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) — arguing that Iran "must feel sufficient pressure."
NCRI - On Sunday 29th of January 2017, the Spokesman of the Judiciary of Iran, Gholamhossein Mohseni Eje'I in a meeting with the agents of the Intelligence Organization of IRGC acknowledged that one of the members of Ahmadinejad's nuclear team was arrested on charges of spying and providing information to foreigners.
The EU on Tuesday warned Iran against stoking mistrust by continuing ballistic missile tests, after Tehran told the new US administration not to use the issue as a pretext to create fresh tensions.
“The EU reiterates its concern about Iran’s missile program and calls upon Iran to refrain from activities which deepen mistrust, such as ballistic missile tests,” said Nabila Massrali, an EU foreign affairs spokeswoman.
NCRI - Referring to the nuclear deal anniversary, Khamenei’s representative in Sistan and Baluchestan province said that “today, we see that there’s an increasing youth unemployment, economic problems have deepened and the government’s promises are emptier than ever.”
Speaking in Zahedan on January 20, Abbasali Soleimani added that “it should be investigated which side did win the negotiations. Prior to the nuclear deal, we had 11,800 kg of enriched uranium, thousands of centrifuges and the balancing power in the soft war, all of which have decreased following the nuclear deal.”
NCRI - Expressing concern over the split and internal predicament at the top of regime, after the death of Rafsanjani and squibbing against him, Khamenei’s Friday prayer leader in Tehran, Mullah Seddiqui, attacked Rohani’s government for the failure of Nuclear Deal and stated:
“Our people have every right to say Down with USA, since those, who by expressing optimism, were trying to makeup America’s face, and promised that, because of Nuclear Deal all the country’s economic problems are to be solved, caused more economic recession, more shut - down manufacture centers, more youth unemployment, and more sanctions over the previous ones while the sanctions were supposed to be lifted in one year.
NCRI - The conference by Iranian regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani, on Monday, was overshadowed by the latest statement of the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump who described the JCPOA as the most stupid agreement.
Rouhani in a fearful and defensive reply said: The (JCPOA) agreement is a win-win and also beneficial for the U.S.”
NCRI - On the anniversary of the Iranian regime’s nuclear deal with the major world powers, the state-run Kayhan Newspaper slammed Hassan Rouhani's government and wrote: "Nowadays the government has undoubtedly incurred considerable and irreversible damages to the regime. Nevertheless, the government still insists on following the principals of Iran Deal which was not very much successful. Unlike Rouhani's claims, no sanction has ever been annulled or lifted. Instead, more sanctions have been imposed on Iran."
NCRI - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff said on Sunday that he thinks the nuclear deal with the Iranian regime "is on life support."
“I'm not here to declare one way or the other ultimately where this is going to go,” incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."