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By INU Staff
INU - On Thursday, the Daily Signal published an editorial that once again highlighted the fact that Iranian provocations toward the US have grown notably more frequent and more intense in the wake of last summer’s Iran nuclear deal. Naturally, the impetus for this article was the recent profile of White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, which has been seized upon by many opponents of the nuclear agreement to support the notion that it was based on misrepresentations of the Iranian regime and its prospects for near-term reform.

By INU Staff
INU - On Wednesday, Arutz Sheva reported upon the latest provocations directed against the United States by representatives of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Last week, the paramilitary organization’s deputy commander, Brigadier General Hossein Salami suggested that Iran would close off the Strait of Hormuz if the country felt threatened by the United States. The remarks suggested that Iranian naval forces were capable of enforcing such a blockade, but that notion was rejected by Western military officials and defense experts.

By INU Staff
INU - On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran had banned imports from the American carmaker Chevrolet, in line with earlier statements by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urging support for domestic production and decrying demand for American goods. The government also reportedly disallowed the importation of an order of 200 Chevrolet vehicles, which officials claimed had been loaded for delivery but were not yet on route to Iran.

By INU Staff
INUEarlier this week, it was reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif had agreed to meet on the sidelines of a UN summit, following talks between the two officials on Tuesday. That discussion reportedly focused on prospective American efforts to encourage Western commerce with the recently de-sanctioned Islamic Republic of Iran. Kerry described the meeting as productive, but added that more concrete details would need to be worked out on Friday. It was not immediately clear what, if anything, had been agreed.

By INU Staff
INU - On Sunday, a long-anticipated meeting took place in Doha among representatives of OPEC countries plus non-OPEC oil producing nations including the Russian Federation. Though ultimately unsuccessful, the event was meant to lead to a broad-based agreement on freezing or reducing participants’ oil output as part of an effort to stabilize prices that are still recovering from a 12-year low that they reached in January.

By INU Staff
INU - On Friday, the EU Bulletin reported upon the visit to Tehran that is scheduled for the weekend by a European Union delegation led by Federica Mogherini, the head of foreign affairs and security policy. The brief report indicates that Mogherini is expected to “touch upon the controversial issue of human rights.”

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