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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran, on September 21, 2020, at the US State Department in Washington, DC.

U.S. Isolated at U.N. as Push to Ramp Up Pressure on Iran Fails

“We don’t need a cheering section,” said Trump’s U.N ambassador. But Washington does need international compliance to make snapback sanctions work.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the new parliament following February elections, in Tehran on May 27.

For Iran, Negotiations Aren’t Optional

With its economy in trouble, Tehran will have to talk to Washington. But the next administration shouldn’t rush things.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs after speaking to reporters following a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council in New York on Aug. 20.

Trump Can’t Have His Cake and Eat It Too on Iran Sanctions

Washington has no right to impose snapback sanctions on Tehran because it is no longer a participant in the Iran nuclear deal.

France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani (C) as Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and other members of the Iranian delegation stand next to them during an official meeting on September 18, 2017, in New York.

Europe Can Preserve the Iran Nuclear Deal Until November

After a humiliating defeat at the U.N. Security Council, Washington will seek snapback sanctions to sabotage what’s left of the nuclear deal. Britain, France, and Germany can still keep it alive until after the U.S. election.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks at a UN Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York on Feb. 26.

Don’t Let Iran Blow Up the U.N. Security Council

As a critical vote approaches, the fate of Iran nuclear sanctions—and decades of multilateralism—lies in the hands of Britain and France.

Pedestrians are reflected in a window displaying currency exchange rates in Tehran on June 22.

Maximum Pressure May Bring Iran Back to the Table After All

Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is struggling to stay afloat.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at the White House in Washington on May 8, 2018.

Trump Misses Being Part of the Iran Deal

His administration wants to trigger the JCPOA’s snapback mechanism, but he probably can’t do that from the outside.

The Iranian military launches a missile during a naval exercise on June 18. The Iranian navy successfully tested new short- and long-range cruise missiles, coinciding with a rebound in tension with the United States, which seeks to extend the arms embargo against Iran.

Document of the Week: U.S. Pushes Doomed Iran Resolution at U.N.

Trump’s Iran gambit is sweeping, punitive, and has little chance of success.

Iranian women holding national flags and pictures of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, take part a pro-government demonstration in Tehran on Nov. 25, 2019.

To Secure His Legacy, Khamenei Is Packing Iran’s Government With Young Radicals

The supreme leader’s youth-washing strategy could keep detente with the United States off the table for years.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks on stage during a public discussion at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on February 17.

Did John Bolton Transform U.S. Foreign Policy or Enable Trump’s Transgressions?

The controversial former national security advisor left his mark in Washington—especially on nuclear arms deals and Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Swiss President Alain Berset attend a joint press conference.

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The coronavirus brings additional health concerns, Israeli democracy is threatened by the West Bank annexation, and protests in Europe bring issues of racism to the fore.

An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector visits the Natanz enrichment facility, south of Tehran, on Jan. 20, 2014.

Despite U.S. Sanctions, Iran Expands Its Nuclear Stockpile

Two years after Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has cut in half the time it would need to produce enough weapons-grade fuel for a nuclear bomb.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks past a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Feb. 16.

The Coronavirus Is Absolutely No Excuse to Lift Sanctions on Iran

Exploiting Iran's coronavirus crisis to demand an end to sanctions is fundamentally dishonest—and panders to a brutal regime.

Iranian firefighters disinfect streets in Tehran in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus on March 13.

The Coronavirus Crisis Is a Diplomatic Opportunity for the United States and Iran

Washington and Tehran could use the public health emergency to show goodwill, dial down tensions while saving face, and avoid a dangerous confrontation.

An Iranian flag flies in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant during an official ceremony to kick-start work on a second reactor at the facility on Nov. 10, 2019.

Europe Puts What Remains of the JCPOA in Limbo

By triggering the Iran deal’s dispute resolution mechanism, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom are hoping to push the sides back to the negotiating table—but they may escalate instead.

Iranian protestors carry a symbolic coffin wrapped in a U.S. flag during the funeral procession of Gen. Qassem Suleimani in Tehran on Jan. 6.

The Middle East Is More Stable When the United States Stays Away

As the assassination of Suleimani shows, it might be Washington that is the main spoiler in the region.

Mourners wait for the funeral procession of the Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, and eight others outside the Imam Abbas mosque in Karbala, Iraq, on Jan. 4.

Trump Is Playing With Fire in the Middle East

The U.S. president may claim that the strike on Iran’s Suleimani was meant to “stop a war,” yet it will do anything but.

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Europeans Ramp up Pressure on Iran

Britain, France, and Germany say Iran’s ballistic missile program is inconsistent with the nuclear deal and improves its capacity to deliver nuclear payload. Tehran counters that Europeans have failed to meet obligations under the pact.

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