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Iran Shows Eagerness to Earn Sanctions Relief, but Activists Push Back

By INU staff

INU - Over the past couple of weeks there has been a bit of back-and-forth within Iran regarding the fulfillment of its obligations under the July 14 nuclear agreement with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

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French Firm Fined for Sanctions Violations, but Effects of Enforcement are Unclear

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INU - On Tuesday, AFP reported that US regulators had announced the imposition of a 787 million dollar penalty against French bank Credit Agricole, as punishment for its violations of US sanctions on several countries including Iran. The announcement is arguably made more significant by the fact that it came only two days after Adoption Day for the Iran nuclear agreement, which the media widely reported as the beginning of the end of key sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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Rouhani Maintains Dubious Claims About Pace of Sanctions Removal

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INU - Reuters reported on Thursday that despite persistent skepticism from Western officials and analysts, the administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continues to insist that economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic will be suspended before the end of the year. Iran recently began deactivating some uranium enrichment centrifuges as required by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The nation must complete this and other alterations of its nuclear program before economic sanctions can be formally suspended under the deal.

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Desperate for Sanctions Relief, Iran Approves Nuclear Deal, but with Conditions

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INU - On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Iranian parliament had signaled its “provisional approval” of the July 14 nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of nations. This is to say that the conservative-dominated legislative body is willing to allow the deal to go forward toward official adoption on October 16, complete with the promised restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program, but only provided that Tehran commits to never allowing foreign inspections of its military sites and never conceding to limits on the Iranian ballistic missile or other weapons stockpiles.

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Western Policy May Encourage Rouhani’s Optimism about Iran’s Economic Prospects

By INU staff

INU - On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had once again issued bold and arguably unrealistic predictions about the timeline for suspension of sanctions under the nuclear agreement that was officially adopted on October 18.

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Kerry Justifies Opponents’ Fears about Viability of Sanctions Snapback

By INU staff

INU - According to NDTV, the Obama administration referred to several of Iran’s trade partners this week in defending the nuclear agreement and continuing its push for more votes to help defeat a congressional resolution of disapproval that is strongly supported by the Republican majority. In so doing, it may have inadvertently justified some of the criticisms that have been voiced by opponents of the deal over the preceding several weeks.

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