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Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by IranBAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first.



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Mike Pompeo Promises To 'Crush' Iran And Achieve A Better Deal

Mike Pompeo Promises To 'Crush' Iran And Achieve A Better DealWASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday presented a lengthy



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Obama cyber chief: Iran may ramp up cyberattacks after Trump ditched nuclear deal

Obama cyber chief: Iran may ramp up cyberattacks after Trump ditched nuclear deal“I think we should expect to see an increase in Iranian cyberactivity against us,” said Michael Daniel, the former White House cyber coordinator, in an interview on the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery."



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Iran says China group ready to replace Total on gas deal

Iran says China group ready to replace Total on gas dealChinese state-owned oil company CNPC will replace Total on a major gas field project in Iran if the French energy giant pulls out over renewed US sanctions against Tehran, Iran’s oil minister has said. “Total has said that if it doesn’t get an exemption from the United States to continue its work, it will begin to pull out of the deal,” Bijan Namdar Zanganeh was quoted as saying by his ministry’s Shana news service. Total started the $ 4.8-billion South Pars 11 project in July 2017, two years after Western powers signed a nuclear deal with Tehran prompting the return of many businesses to Iran.



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John Bolton threatens sanctions for European companies operating in Iran

John Bolton threatens sanctions for European companies operating in IranJohn Bolton, Donald Trump’s hawkish National Security Adviser, on Sunday warned European companies they would face sanctions if they continued working in Iran, raising the prospect of a transatlantic rift over how to handle Tehran. However, at the same time, Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, said he was hopeful Washington could still strike a new nuclear deal with Europe. The diverging tones suggest splits within the administration about how to work with the international community in reining in Iran’s military and territorial ambitions. For its part, Iran at the weekend launched a diplomatic effort to keep the deal alive. President Hassan Rouhani said: “If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America.” Theresa May spoke with Mr Rouhani on Sunday afternoon to reiterate the UK's position of upholding the nuclear deal, Downing Street confirmed on Sunday night. “She said it is in both the UK and Iran’s national security interests to maintain the deal and welcomed President Rouhani’s public commitment to abide by its terms, adding that it is essential that Iran continues to meet its obligations," a No 10 spokesperson said. The US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal last week has angered European leaders, risking a transatlantic rift as they consider protecting companies against American sanctions. Mr Bolton said sanctions on European companies were “possible”. “I think the Europeans will see that it's in their interest ultimately to come along with us,” he told CNN. Iran nuclear deal | Related content But speaking on Fox News Sunday, Mr Pompeo offered more conciliatory language and insisted the decision to withdraw had not been aimed at the UK or the European Union. “I'm hopeful in the days and weeks ahead we can come up with a deal that really works, that really protects the world from Iranian bad behaviour, not just their nuclear programme, but their missiles and their malign behaviour as well," he said. In announcing his decision to withdraw, Mr Trump was making good on a campaign promise. He and American officials have long expressed concern that the nuclear deal did nothing to stem Iranian missile tests or thwart its activities supporting militias or proxies throughout the Middle East. Javad Zarif in Beijing as he attempts to shore up what is left of the nuclear deal Credit: Reuters For its part, Tehran has launched a diplomatic effort to keep the deal together. Javad Zarif, the foreign minister, has embarked on a tour of signatories aimed at persuading them to help protect Iran from US sanctions. After meeting his counterpart in Beijing, Mr Zarif said on Sunday: “We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement.”



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Iran FM in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal

Iran FM in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear dealIran’s foreign minister was in Moscow on Monday as Russia tries to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in the wake of Washington’s pull-out, pushing it into rare cooperation with Europe. Iranian state television Irib broadcasted images of Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, saying he had arrived in Russia at 4am (01:00 GMT) on Monday and was due to meet Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.



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John Bolton: Trump Sanctions On European Companies "Possible" Over Iran

John Bolton: Trump Sanctions On European Companies "Possible" Over IranWASHINGTON ― White House national security adviser John Bolton warned on



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It's 'possible' US will sanction European companies that do business with Iran, John Bolton says

It's 'possible' US will sanction European companies that do business with Iran, John Bolton saysDonald Trump’s national security adviser has said it “is possible” the US will sanction European countries that seek to do business with Iran, following Washington withdrawal from the nuclear deal. John Bolton, widely considered a hawk on national security and one of those who pushed for George W Bush 2003 invasion of Iraq, said he believed European nations – currently furious by Mr Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the deal – may eventually change their opinions.



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Iran deal: State Department nuclear expert quits after Trump withdraws US from agreement

Iran deal: State Department nuclear expert quits after Trump withdraws US from agreementA top nuclear expert has resigned from the US State Department after Donald Trump announced the US would pull out from the Iran nuclear deal. Richard Johnson, the assistant coordinator for Iran nuclear issues at the Office of Nuclear Implementation, reportedly handed in his resignation this week. A civil servant, Mr Johnson had been involved in failed negotiations including the UK, France and Germany to save the deals after Mr Trump threatened to pull out.



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Trump pullout from Iran deal signals Mideast strategic shift

Trump pullout from Iran deal signals Mideast strategic shiftUS President Donald Trump’s rejection of an accord curbing Iran’s nuclear activities and the escalation in hostilities between Iran and Israel that followed herald a new strategic dynamic in the Middle East that has heightened fears of greater conflict. While Europe is leading efforts to save the nuclear deal with Tehran, Iran’s regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia both are behind Washington. “The result is a coalition that rather goes against their nature,” said Denis Bauchard, Middle East expert at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) in Paris.



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