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Old 05-19-2019, 05:59 AM
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Iran is not pursuing war, Revolutionary Guards leader says
By: Natasha Turak - CNBC 5-19-19
RE: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/19/iran...ader-says.html

KEY POINTS

- Iran is not seeking war, the leader of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday.

- A ramp-up in military posturing from both sides has regional watchers and America’s Western allies worried that a miscalculation could spark a full-blown conflict.

- The weeks prior saw the White House broadcast news of U.S. bombers and warships deployed to the Persian Gulf.

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DUBAI — Iran is not seeking war, the leader of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday.

“The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” Major General Hossein Salami said, as quoted by local news agency Fars.

On Saturday the Revolutionary Guard general, known for his inflammatory rhetoric, mocked the U.S. political system and made a jab related to the 9/11 attacks.

“The U.S. political system is full of cracks,” Salami said. “Though impressive-looking, it has osteoporosis. In fact, America’s story is like the World Trade Center towers that collapse with a sudden blow.”

The Donald Trump administration labeled Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization in April, making it the first military institution of a foreign government to receive that designation.

The comments come amid escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington and just days after drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure carried out by Iranian-supported Houthi rebels from Yemen. The U.S. later withdrew much of its diplomatic staff from Iraq, citing intelligence reports alleging threats and evidence of heightened activity from Iranian-backed proxies in the country.

But Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been meeting with foreign leaders and dismissing the potential for war. “There will be no war because neither do we want a war, nor has anyone the idea or illusion it can confront Iran in the region,” Zarif told local media Sunday.

Weeks of escalation
A ramp-up in military posturing from both sides has regional watchers and America’s Western allies worried that a miscalculation could spark a full-blown conflict.

The weeks prior saw the White House broadcast news of U.S. bombers and warships deployed to the Persian Gulf, citing “troubling and escalatory” threats coming from Iran.

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Earlier this month, Iran announced it would end some of its key obligations to the 2015 nuclear deal — returning to higher levels of uranium enrichment and stockpiling — if the deal’s European signatories didn’t rescue the country’s ailing oil and banking sectors hit hard by sanctions.

The Trump administration has tightened its chokehold on Iranian oil exports and its metals industry as part of its “maximum pressure” campaign, leading the Islamic Republic’s leaders to describe the country’s economic hardships as harder than those during its brutal Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

While some say this pressure may force Iran to the negotiating table, most analysts agree the country will not capitulate anytime soon, despite President Donald Trump’s open invitation to its leaders to “call me.”

Reports have emerged of internal division in the White House, describing national security advisor John Bolton as gunning for war while Trump remains reluctant. The leaders have outwardly said they do not want war and prefer a diplomatic solution, but some experts worry that the maximalist demands from the administration provide no off-ramp for either party to back down.
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Arrow Iran officially ends some of its nuclear deal commitments, local media reports

Iran officially ends some of its nuclear deal commitments, local media reports
By: Natasha Turak - CNBC 5-15-19
RE: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/15/iran...ents-isna.html

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- A “program has been launched” to end some of Iran’s obligations to the 2015 nuclear deal on orders from the country’s Supreme National Security Council, the Iranian Students’ News Agency reported.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes a speech during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran on January 10, 2019. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

DUBAI — Iran is officially ending one of its key commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal, local media reported Wednesday, citing a senior official at the country’s Atomic Energy Agency.

A “program has been launched” to stop some of Iran’s obligations on orders from the country’s Supreme National Security Council, the Iranian Students’ News Agency reported.

The official, who was not named, highlighted suspension of compliance with the nuclear deal’s cap on enriched uranium and heavy water production.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced last week Tehran’s plans to abandon some of its commitments under the deal, officially known as the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), in the face of crippling U.S. sanctions and the President Donald Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign.”

If Europe does not step in to protect Iran from those sanctions within 60 days, Rouhani said — salvaging trade with its oil and banking sectors in violation of U.S. rules — the country would return to higher levels of uranium enrichment, which would potentially pave the way for bomb-making capabilities.

Now, it appears to be scrapping that 60-day waiting period, according to the local report.

Iran has proposed exceeding its JCPOA enrichment cap of 3.67%, which is the amount allowed for civilian nuclear power development. Weapons-grade enrichment is 90%, but according to nuclear experts, reaching 3 to 4% enrichment equates to roughly two-thirds of the work done toward that 90% figure, as any increases beyond that seemingly small amount disproportionately speeds up breakout time.

Experts put the current breakout time for Iran reaching weapons-grade plutonium at one year.

The economic sanctions, which hit at numerous Iranian sectors but most significantly oil, went into effect last year after the Trump administration withdrew from the deal on the basis that it didn’t address what it called Iran’s “malign behavior” — support for militant proxy and U.S.-designated terror groups in the Middle East, ballistic missile testing, and human rights abuses.

The news follows weeks of increasingly provocative language exchanged between Washington and Tehran. Amid mounting tensions and a lack of diplomatic communication channels between the two, analysts and foreign officials fear a miscalculation or misunderstanding could spark a serious conflict.

Citing “very real” threats coming from Iran, but withholding specific details, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized during an interview with CNBC on Sunday that all options — military and otherwise — were on the table in case Iran “makes a bad decision.”
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