Finding evidence of undeclared past nuclear activity in Iran shows the IAEA process is working (IISS)

With the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) having recently concluded that traces of undeclared radioactive material were indeed found at a warehouse in Tehran, Mark Fitzpatrick argues the IAEA investigative process is working. A cooperative approach is the best way to provide for the greater access to suspect sites in Iran the IAEA needs if it is to resolve the issue.


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Iran’s FM urges US to stop selling arms to rogue states (IRNA)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Wednesday condemned the US policies in support of aggressors, arguing that Iran as a victim of such policies had no choice but to develope their own defense capacities.

FM Spox: Iran helps foreign tanker in Persian Gulf (IRNA)

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Iran offered help to a foreign tanker with technical failure in territorial waters, adding that the routine practice of helping vessels in the Persian Gulf is going on.

Dangerous Liaisons: Russian Cooperation with Iran in Syria (CSIS)

As tensions escalate between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, Russia is engaged in covert and overt cooperation with Iran in ways that undermine U.S. national security interests. This analysis of commercial satellite imagery at Tiyas Airbase in Syria indicates the scope and proximity of Russian and Iranian military ties. If Washington wants to contain Tehran and prevent further Iranian expansion, U.S. policymakers will need to increase pressure on Moscow to curb Tehran’s activites in countries like Syria.

France, Germany, UK warn Iran nuke deal will collapse unless talks resume (Global Times)

Leaders of France, Germany and Britain, European signatories of Iran 2015 nuclear agreement, on Sunday said they are “extremely concerned” by the fuelling tension in the Gulf region, which they said likely to put the accord at risk unless the concerned parties join the same table of talks.