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On Friday, ABC News reported upon the apparent prospects for repairing the relationship between the American and Israeli chief executives following the falling-out that occurred in the midst of Iran nuclear negotiations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the staunchest critics of US President Barack Obama’s approach to the issue of Iran’s apparent pursuit of nuclear weapons. He even went so far as to say that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would pave the way to an Iranian nuclear bomb.

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By INU Staff 

INU  With the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump just days away, international dialogue about the Iran nuclear agreement remained inconsistent on Tuesday, with multiple reports citing Iranian and European officials as saying that the deal is safe while prospective members of the Trump White House continue to stoke doubts about its long-term viability. The BBC, for instance, noted that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had simply dismissed Trump’s threats to the agreement as mere “slogans.”

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“Wasn’t President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal — what he considers his top foreign-policy achievement — supposed to mellow the mullahs?  If so, it’s failing. Badly. As Washington’s transition to President Trump fast approaches, Iran is acting increasingly aggressive.”

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On Friday, Fox News published an editorial on the topic of recent nuclear threats from North Korea. As well as being a longstanding thorn in the side of the United States, the Korean dictatorship’s obsession with nuclear weapons development has also variously exposed the cooperation between Iran and other enemies of Western democracies.

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 President-elect Donald Trump’s famous words, calling the Iran nuclear agreement the worst deal ever negotiated” by the United States government, but in his January 5 article for The Hill, Kenneth R. Timmerman, the 2012 Republican Congressional nominee for MD-8, writes about some other options for ratcheting up pressure on the Iranian regime that the incoming president and Congress can enact unilaterally.

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In an article for the Gatestone Institute International Policy council, published December 27, Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, political scientists and Harvard University scholar, president of the International American Council on the Middle East, makes several points.

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