Congress Cooperates with Trump Regarding Iran

25 May 2017

The Trump administration made it clear on Wednesday, that its Iran policy review should take a firmer stance against Iran. While tensions between Congress and the administration over Russia continue to increase, policy regarding Iran policy is one area where the two branches can work very effectively together.

A statutory waiver of nuclear sanctions against Iran’s petroleum exports was renewed.  President Trump, explaining his decision to renew the waiver, said he was doing so “[a]s my administration conducts a review of its Iran policy, and consistent with United States commitments specified in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

Mohammad Mohaddessin Interviewed About Iran Sham Election

25 May 2017

Chairman of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee, Mohammad Mohaddessin, was interviewed about the recent sham election in Iran. He mentioned that popular discontent in the country is evident and growing. He highlighted that for almost four decades, the Iranian people have not been able to enjoy basic freedom in any respect whether this be regarding their private lives or from a social point of view. 

During this time, many people have been imprisoned or executed, and Iran has a very poor record for free speech.

Trump: "Iran Will Never Have Nuclear Weapons"

23 May 2017

When Mr. Trump arrived in Israel after his visit in Saudi Arabia, he called for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. It’s unclear what form this deal would take, and Trump said he prefers to leave it to both sides to decide between themselves.  

Trump said Iran had negotiated a "fantastic deal" with his predecessor, winning "a lifeline and prosperity”, when he spoke in Jerusalem. He continued, ”…instead of saying thank you", the Iranians were backing terrorism.”  On Monday, he accused Iran of "deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias".

Trump, Senator McCain, Rex Tillerson All Send Strong Messages to Iran Regime

22 May 2017

On Sunday, United States Senator John McCain said that President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia this weekend has sent a message to the Iranian regime, the Washington Examiner reported, that the U.S. and its allies are ready to block Tehran's efforts to destabilize the region. 

On Fox News Sunday the Republican Senator said, "There's no doubt that if we're going to impede the Iranian's continued efforts to exert, certainly, significant strength in the region that this is an important step forward.”

US and Russia to Discuss Iran's Role in Syria, and Dispute over Deir Ezzour

11 May 2017

Regarding the Syrian conflict, both the United States and Russia agree on fighting terrorism, but still differ on specific issues. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, during his first visit to Washington since Donald Trump assumed office, will discuss with Rex Tillerson Iran’s role in Syria. It will also focus on Moscow’s support for Tehran’s Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, as perceived by Washington and Gulf states. 

The new administration has established a strategy that consists of three phases: destroying ISIS, establishing de-escalation zones, and establishing peace.

Revisiting the Trial of Oliver North and the Iran-Contra Affair of 1986

06 May 2017

More than 30 years ago, it came to light that the US government had secretly supplied arms to Iran. It grew into a scandal when former Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and National Security Council aide Oliver North revealed, when questioned by former Attorney General, Mr Edwin Meese, that money from the Iran arms sales had been diverted to the Contras in Nicaragua who were supported by the U.S. to oppose the left-wing Sandinista government. It was part of an illicit effort to avoid the scrutiny of Congress that was first reported by a Lebanese newspaper.

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