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Iran News Digest- August 2, 2014

 

By Iran News Update Staff 

 

GAZA AND MIDDLE EASTERN FACTIONS

Late Wednesday, shortly before the announcement of the short lived cease fire between Israel and Gaza, Major General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, dismissed notions of ceasefire or disarmament and called upon Palestinian militants to “turn the land and skies into Hell” for the Israelis, The National reports.

Iran News Digest- July 31, 2014

By Iran News Update Staff 

 

RELIGIOUS RHETORIC

The Gaza crisis was also referenced in another official’s statement on Wednesday, which was focused on a much different topic. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham responded to the US State Department’s recently released International Religious Freedom Report by denying the validity of the US’s observations regarding Iranian oppression of minorities.

Iran News Digest- July 29, 2014

By Iran News Update Staff  

ARMS SHIPMENTS

Speaking to Fox News radio, former US ambassador Dennis Ross stated that prior to being boosted by the recent Iran-backed actions in Gaza, Hamas had been isolated by most of the Arab world.

Iran News Digest- July 22, 2014

By Iran News Update Staff  

INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR CONCERNS

Many media reports regarding progress on the nuclear issue have asserted that Iran has been fulfilling its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action and its agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors. This claim is questionable in certain respects, including the notion of Iranian compliance with the one million barrel per day oil export limit imposed upon the nation for the duration of the talks. But it is also worth noting that even when Iran has apparently been in compliance with the terms of its agreements, it has achieved that appearance at virtually the latest stage possible.

Iran News Digest- July 18, 2014

By Iran News Update Staff 

EXTENSION OF NUCLEAR TALKS

The extension of  nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 was announced. Diplomats from most of the parties involved have maintained that there is still a great deal of distance between the contrary positions, but that progress is being made, which suggests that mutual agreement may be attainable within the next six months or so.

THE VALUE OF EXTENSION

Of course, despite the prevalence of criticism in Congress and the media for President Obama’s approach to the Iran situation, there is plenty of support for the extension of talks among some analysts and commentators. In an article at the Huffington Post, Elie Jacobs of the Truman National Security Project makes the point that the options are limited for obtaining a final solution to the nuclear issue. Very likely, he argues, it is a choice between diplomacy and war.

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