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London, 20 May - Some of Europe's biggest firms rushed to do business with Iran after the nuclear deal took effect. Now, after President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, European businesses are worried that their ties with the US could be damaged if they continue doing Iranian deals.

The present White House believed that the Iran deal was only a temporary deferral of nuclear activity in exchange for billions in funding for Iranian proxy warfare — appeasement only made the aggressor more aggressive.

To effectively roll back Iranian armament and expansionism, it appears that White House policy toward Iran has become more harsh, and only works if Europe shoulders its share of the economic burden.

Fearing sanctions, European Tanker Owners Avoiding Shipping Iran Oil

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London, 18 May - On Wednesday, industry sources said that European refiners are already experiencing difficulties in shipping Iranian crude, as shipowners have begun to avoid this route for fear of falling foul of US sanctions.

Just a week after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, European tanker owners fear secondary sanctions from the US. According to a US Treasury Department fact sheet, international buyers of Iranian oil must wind down contrast by November 4th, when the US will reimpose sanctions on the oil, energy, shipping, and insurance sectors.

Iranian protesters need to be released

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London, 8 May - Various worker’s groups and trade unions are calling for the release of several protesters in Iran who were arrested for taking part in demonstrations that called for an end to the Regime.

The protesters, who were arrested during protests outside the Parliament in Tehran on Tuesday, May 1, carried placards that read “Workers have no food to eat yet”, “Temporary contract is the worker’s slavery”, and “Oh, the billionaire minister! I have not bought meat for forty months.”

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London, 17 May - The United Nations is said to be investigating a shipment of electronic components from Turkey to Iran in 2017, which violated international sanctions.

In July 2017, inspectors in the United Arab Emirates checked a shipment that was headed to Iran and found the electronic parts, which are banned from being exported to Iran under the UN Security Council Resolution that enshrines the 2015 nuclear deal.

International deals with Iran in jeopardy

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London, 7 May - International corporations risk losing billions of dollars collectively if US President Donald Trump decides to go ahead and exit the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

President Trump has given the signatories of the deal a deadline of 12th May for making major changes and improvements to the nuclear deal that he has described as “weak”. In the absence of any strengthening, Trump can decide whether to re-apply the crippling sanctions that were lifted as a result of the deal being signed.

Iran Focus

London, 15 May - The Assembly of Experts of the Leadership (AEL), also known as the Assembly of Experts (AoE), is the deliberative body empowered to designate and dismiss the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader and supervise his performance. The chairman of the influential body, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, has called upon President Hassan Rouhani to apologize to the people of Iran for not respecting conditions laid out by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for negotiating the nuclear deal.

He accused Rouhani in the statement for disregarding red lines set by Ali Khamenei for the government’s nuclear talks with the U.S. and world powers, and said that Rouhani should “present his apologies to the Iranian nation for the damage it has caused.”

Iran tries to take control in West Africa

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London, 7 May - The new Iranian embassy in Algeria was gravely concerning to those in the Arab world, but then things got worse, with the arrival of Iranian diplomat Amir Mousavi.

Mousavi, who first appeared to be interested in increasing cultural ties with Algeria, soon began interfering in the dispute between Algeria and Morocco over the Western Sahara conflict.

Iran’s interference in the dispute, supporting the Polisario Front’s bid for control of the Western Sahara, an area where Morocco controls about 90% of the territory, has already caused Morocco to cut diplomatic relations with Iran. In this, Morocco gained the support of the Arab League.

World Should Listen to Maryam Rajavi

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London, 15 May - On May 5, Iranian-American community leaders gathered in Washington DC for a convention to promote democracy and human rights in Iran.

The convention featured a speech from the President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi, which most believe was a preview of the message that she will deliver at the Iran Freedom gathering on June 30 in front of 100,000 supporters of a Free Iran.

The Iranian People furious over the Ban of Telegram

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London, 5 May - In Iran on Monday, following the ruling by the Tehran-based Culture and Media Court, access to the hugely popular Telegram messaging app gradually began to be cut off by Web service providers. A judicial order was issued to block Telegram, affecting tens of millions of Iranian users.

The chief of Iran's judiciary is appointed by the supreme leader. The judiciary pushed the ban of the app in the wake of mass demonstrations late last year, in an attempt to disrupt the ongoing uprising, and disrupt peoples’ communication.

Iran’s Ballistic Missiles and Solutions

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London, 13 May - The National Council of Resistance of Iran-US Representative Office (NCRI-US) hosted a panel of experts to discuss Iran’s missile program and its ties with the nuclear weapons program, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The group presented a new 133-page book by the NCRI-US, Iran’s Ballistic Buildup: The March toward Nuclear-Capable Missiles, by Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office.

The book has dozens of charts, pictures, satellite imageries, and maps, which provide details on the crucial infrastructure of Tehran’s ballistic missile program.

Iran deal decision affecting oil prices

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London, 4 May - Oil prices evened out on Friday, following recent gains, but global supplies remain limited as the market prepares for Donald Trump’s decision on the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal.

On Monday, April 30, Brent crude oil hit a 3-1/2 year closing high of $75.17, but by Friday, this has dropped by 30 cents to $73.32 a barrel. US light crude had also dropped 20 cents to $68.23.

ANZ analysts Daniel Hynes and Soni Kumari wrote: “Rising geopolitical risks have been a big factor behind oil’s strong rise this year. The extent of the rally would have been significantly weaker if not for recent tightness in the market. We expect the market to tighten even further in H2 2018.”

Teacher Protests throughout Iran faced with Security Force Brutality

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London, 11 May - Incoming reports indicate a number of teachers being "beaten and detained" during a protest by retired and employed teachers in Tehran, "in the aftermath of crackdown by security forces."

The protest took place on Thursday May 10th, in front of the Planning and Budget Organization in Tehran, and held in front of the Education Department in other cities throughout the country.

According to reports, agents arrested 6 people at the protest in front of the "Plan and Budget Organization" in Tehran, whose location and fate is still uncertain.

Iran Focus

London, 3 May - A pair of Iranian software developers has created a modified version of Telegram to subvert Iran’s latest attempt to block the instant messaging app.

Amin Sabeti and Nariman Gharib created a version that uses Psiphon software to help Iranians that aren’t already using a circumvention tool or virtual private network (VPN) to evade prying eyes.

The Iranian judiciary ordered that Telegram, which is used by around half of Iran's 82 million people, be blocked on April 30 for its use by protesters in the ongoing uprising against the Mullahs.

Lebanese elections raise question of Iran’s role in the Middle East

Iran Focus

London, 11 May - The balance of power in Lebanon has not been changed by the recent elections – something that should shock nobody – and we now have even more proof that the Iran-backed Hezbollah dominates the country’s decision-making.

If you want proof, consider that Lebanon never commits to the “policy of dissociating” itself from regional crises. This is certainly Iran’s doing, as everyone knows that Iran seeks to meddle in the affairs of other nation states in order to destabilise them and eventually take power, whether by using a proxy militia (i.e. Hezbollah in Lebanon) or by supporting the malign government (i.e. Bashar Assad in Syria).

Iran Sanctions

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London, 1 May - After being indicted on April 19, 2018 for violating export control laws under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), Sadr Emad-Vaez, Pouran Aazad, and Hassan Ali Moshir-Fatemi made their initial appearances in district court.

The defendants were charged in a three-count indictment with the following crimes: conspiracy to violate the IEEPA, in violation of 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1705; a substantive violation of the IEEPA, 50 U.S.C. § 1705; and smuggling, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 554(a) and 2. The indictment alleges the defendants engaged in transactions involving the illegal export of goods and services to Iran and financial transactions designed to evade the Iranian Transactions Sanctions Regulations (ITSR).

U.S. withdraws from nuclear deal, Iranian Resistance highlights that regime change is essential

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London, 9 May - In the wake of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Iranian Resistance have issued a statement welcoming the move, but also reminding the world that the only hope for peace, democracy, security, and stability in Iran is to remove the ruling mullahs from power altogether.

When Trump pulled out of the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he not only killed the fatally flawed agreement, but also ended 40 years of appeasement of the Regime by the US. In his withdrawal speech, Trump noted that he would move to reinstate sanctions on the clerical regime as soon as possible, acknowledging that money received by Iran as a result of this deal had not improved the lives of Iranians (i.e. funding a healthcare system), but had actually been used to prop up their malign military programme.

Iran Focus

London, 30 Apr - Iran is currently going through a major economic crisis that is affecting the lives of the Iranian people and the country’s trade. The problems are devastating for many and to make matters worse, the problems have been caused by the corrupt leadership that has been in place for decades.

Gulf state welcomes U.S.  call on Iran deal

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London, 9 May - Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States has applauded Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and to reimpose sanctions on the country.

Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman responded on Twitter that the deal has only fueled Iran’s expansionist ideological drives across the Middle East.

Prince Khalid bin Salman wrote: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia fully supports the measures taken by [Trump] with regards to the JCPOA. we always had reservations with regards to sunset clauses, ballistic missiles program, and Iran’s support for terrorism in the region. As I said before with regards to the deal, we are on autopilot heading towards a mountain. [The] deal has fueled Iran’s malicious expansion driven by its extremist ideology. It provided Iran with a financial windfall that it used to further sectarian strife/chaos in the region.”

Iran Focus

London, 26 Apr - The economic situation in Iran is in a dire state and more than a third of those that are not in employment in the country are university graduates. According to the government’s Planning and Management Organization (PMO), a staggering 42 per cent of the unemployed have a university degree.

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