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“Forget China and underwater drones, forget Russian hacks and leaks, because it’s all a sideshow: America’s big-ticket foreign-policy issue is still the Iran deal. Donald Trump has promised to rip it up on day one of his presidency, but that’s not going to happen because it means the freshly minted commander-in-chief may have America poised for conflict with the leading state sponsor of terror before the band even starts to warm up for the inaugural ball next month at the newly opened Trump International Hotel,” is reported by Lee Smith for the Tablet.

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United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) and the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) co-hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on the future of Iran policy on Wednesday, December 7.

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Reportedly, Iran has begun developing nuclear-powered warships, as ordered by President Rouhani, allegedly in response to the extension of sanctions by the U.S. Congress.

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By INU Staff 

INU - While campaigning for office, Trump repeatedly maligned Iran nuclear deal as one of the worst in American history, and variously promised to tear it up immediately after occupying the White House.                                                       

Since the election, Trump has shifted his public commentary on the subject to emphasize renegotiation, but some media analysis has pointed out how this could effectively undermine the agreement and compel the Iranians to walk away from it. Netanyahu’s remarks included the claim that he foresaw five different ways in which the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action could be brought to a premature end, although he reportedly did not elaborate on these prospective plans.

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 In his opinion piece on December 6 for The Hill, Heshmat Alavi, political activist, writes about possible changes to the sanctions on Iran with the incoming Trump presidency.

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By INU Staff 

INU - On Monday, CBS News reported that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had demanded that his American counterpart take steps to prevent the reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act, which is set to expire at the end of the month. The renewal of that bill would keep it in force for an additional 10 years, although some of the relevant sanctions will remain suspended under presidential authority as a result of the Iran nuclear agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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