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As Pressure Mounts, Doubts Surround Future of Mechanism for Evading Iran Sanctions

By Edward Carney

On Sunday, the Washington Post published a new report describing the contrary pathways that the United States and the European Union are taking in their policies for dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

EU should support Warsaw Summit on Iran

By INU Staff

INU- Germany arrested an Afghan-German man, working as a translator for the German army, in January for spying on behalf of the Iranian Regime, but this was far from the first incidence of Iran threatening security in Europe and each new revelation only underscores the danger that Europe seems desperate to ignore.

Trump to EU: Do Not Evade Iran Sanctions

By INU Staff

INU- The Trump administration is putting the EU on notice regarding its efforts to set up an alternative money payment channel that will allow doing business with Iran and avoid US sanctions. Trump stated that if they try to do an end-run around US sanctions on Iran, they will be subject to stiff fines and penalties. Still, the EU is moving forward with the plan.

EU officials shun Polish summit on Iran

By INU Staff

INU- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced during his recent tour of the Middle East that there would be an international conference taking place in Poland in February in which dealing with the Iran threat would be on the agenda.
This would be the perfect chance for European officials to make it clear that Iran’s belligerence and malign activities are completely unacceptable. Now more so than ever considering that Iran’s involvement in a series of plots on European soil has been confirmed.

Outcome Uncertain for Iran’s Efforts to Shame European Partners

By Edward Carney

Following Monday’s announcement of German sanctions on Mahan Air, the Iranian carrier that Berlin accused of helping the Islamic Republic to spy, Iran’s Foreign Ministry predictably issued a statement condemning the move and saying that it was in defiance of “mutual relations” between the two countries.

German Ban on Mahan Air

By Edward Carney

It was reported on Monday that the German government had prohibited all further use of its airspace by commercial flights belonging to Iran’s Mahan Air. Some outlets characterized the move as Germany succumbing to US pressure for broader compliance with America’s own assertive strategy concerning Iran. However, UPI noted that the withdrawal of Mahan’s operating permit was accompanied by specific accusations of the airline’s involvement in illegal activities.

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