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US May Be Able to Sabotage the Iran Nuclear Deal to Achieve “Maximum Pressure”

By Edward Carney

Since the beginning of April, the White House has taken highly significant, incremental steps toward the realization of its goal for “maximum pressure” on the Iranian regime. In the first place, the Trump administration announced that it was designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization and imposing sanctions on most individuals and entities that provide it with material support. And about two weeks later, the administration announced that waivers for eight foreign importers of Iranian oil would not be renewed after their expiration on May 2nd.

US Sends Mixed Messages on “Maximum Pressure,” but Iran’s Belligerence is Obvious  By Edward Carney

By Edward Carney

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that the US would be granting major exceptions to the newly announced sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Two weeks earlier, President Donald Trump took the unprecedented step of designating the group, a paramilitary arm of the Iranian government, as a foreign terrorist organization.

U.S. warns all countries to stop importing Iranian oil

By INU Staff

INU - At the beginning of the week, the Trump administration declared that pressure on Iran would continue to increase, this time through further crackdowns on countries importing oil from Iran.

Will Iran close Strait of Hormuz?

By INU Staff

INU - Iran has threatened to block the strategic Strait of Hormuz waterway if sanctions waivers that allow eight countries to continue buying Iranian oil are removed on May 2.

General Alireza Tengseiri, a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said that Tehran would “shut [the Strait] down” and block all exports in response to the US decision to allow the sanctions waivers to expire. The end of sanctions waivers would decrease Iran’s revenue and exacerbate their economic problems.

US Takes Major Steps toward “Maximum Pressure” on Iran, but Uncertainty Lingers

By Edward Carney

The White House announced on Monday that it would not be renewing sanctions waivers for any of the eight countries that have been importing Iranian oil while also doing business with the US over the past six months.

U.S. Ends Iran oil waivers

By INU Staff

INU - The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo annouced today that the US will not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries, including Japan, China, India, South Korea and Turkey,  when they expire on May 2. However, it is not clear whether any of the five will be given a wind-down period to end their imports or whether they would immediately be subject to sanctions on May 3.

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