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Casus Belli - Arab-Israeli Alliance Stirring the Pot

by Oui Sun Feb 28th, 2021 at 03:15:03 PM EST

After a slow news cycle of a few days, the under Bahamas flagged ship has all of a sudden become an Israeli cargo vessel. The owner of the ship is 74 years old Rami Unger (or Ungar) with a deceptive career with Mossad contact Yossi Cohen and links with the anti-Iran movement UANI that's was prominent in the news in 2015. The UANI was a joint America-Israeli effort to sabotage the JCPOA negotiations of the Obama/Biden administration with UN Security Council partners and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

See my diary @BooMan on Aug. 1, 2014 ...

Coalition of the Willing Against Iran: US Justice Dept, Ungar, UANI and Mossad

Where is U.S. Foreign policy drafted? In think-tanks, billionaires, political friends and business alliances? WTF

The New York Times reports a blockbuster story about the anti-Iran lobby group, United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI).  It's an especially perfidious group supporting regime change, though it couches its approach in terms of opposing Iran' nuclear program.  Curiously, this is precisely the same way Israel's far-right government disguises its own support for the violent overthrow of the Iranian government.  Knowing that such a plan is not supported by the west including the Obama administration, they believe that they can paint Iran as enough of a threat to the world through its alleged plans to create nuclear weapons, that this will get them half-way to regime change.

UANI specializes in "outing" companies which allegedly violate UN sanctions against Iran.  The Times article revealed that the companies are usually approached by an Israeli "fixer" with close ties to the Mossad.  He's Rami Ungar, owner of an Israeli company, Ray Shipping, who's worth $500-million.

Victor Restis v. United Against Nuclear Iran

 

This incident has all the hallmarks of a Navy Gulf of Tonkin incident that led to full participation of the Johnson administration in the disastrous Vietnam War against Communist North Vietnam. Peace failed in 1968 ahead of the presidential election due to sabotage of Paris talks by the Republicans with instigator Henry Kissinger.


Vehicle-carrier ship hit by explosion in Gulf of Oman | Arab News - Feb. 26, 2021 |  (Updated Feb. 28 - original was AP sourced)

DUBAI: A Bahamas-flagged ship, the MV HELIOS RAY, was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and a maritime security firm said on Friday.
The cause of the explosion is not clear.

"Investigations are ongoing. Vessel and crew are safe," the UKMTO's advisory notice said, advising vessels in the area to exercise caution. The incident occurred at 2040 GMT, it said, but gave no details about a possible cause.

Maritime security firm Dryad Global said the MV HELIOS RAY was a vehicle carrier owned by Helios Ray Ltd, an Israeli firm registered in the Isle of Man. The ship was en route to Singapore from Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

A spokesman for Israel's Transportation Ministry said it had no information about an Israeli vessel having been struck in the Gulf.

A company with the name Helios Ray Ltd. is incorporated in the Isle of Man. The ship was managed by Stamco Ship Management, Refinitiv ship tracking data showed. Stamco Ship Management declined to comment when contacted by phone by Reuters.

Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension | Arab News - AP Source |

Capt. Ranjith Raja of the data firm Refinitiv told the AP that the Israeli-owned vessel had left the Arabian Gulf Thursday bound for Singapore. On Friday at 0230 GMT, the vessel stopped for at least nine hours east of a main Omani port before making a 360-degree turn and sailing toward Dubai, likely for damage assessment and repairs, he said.

While details of the explosion remained unclear, two American defense officials told the AP that the ship had sustained two holes on its port side and two holes on its starboard side just above the waterline in the blast. The officials said it remained unclear what caused the holes. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to discuss unreleased information on the incidents.

A United Nations ship database identified the vessel's owners as a Tel Aviv-based firm called Ray Shipping Ltd. Calls to Ray Shipping rang unanswered Friday.

Abraham Ungar, 74, who goes by "Rami," is the founder of Ray Shipping Ltd., and is known as one of the richest men in Israel. He made his fortune in shipping and construction.

According to the Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy, where Ungar provides support and maritime training, he owns dozens of car-carrying ships and employs thousands of engineers.

The US Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said it was "aware and monitoring" the situation. The US Maritime Administration, an agency of the Transportation Department, issued a warning to commercial shippers early Saturday acknowledging the explosion and urging ships to "exercise caution when transiting" the Gulf of Oman.

While the circumstances of the explosion remain unclear, Dryad Global said it was very possible the blast stemmed from "asymmetric activity by Iranian military."

 

I suppose a mailbox located in Tel Aviv according to company profile by Dun & Bradstreet ...

RAY SHIPPING LTD. is located in TEL AVIV-JAFFA, Israel and is part of the Transportation Services Sector Industry. RAY SHIPPING LTD. has 19 total employees across all of its locations and generates $2.59 million in sales (USD).

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Doing Business As SARIN LTD. - FORMERLY
Address 32 Hamasger TEL AVIV-JAFFA , 6721118  Israel
Phone  +972-36366777

Israel's 31 wealthiest, ranking #22

Worth $2,100,000,000
Family members: Abraham and Yael Ungar

 

Did Mossad chief jump into car-import business dispute? | JPost - Nov. 30, 2017 |

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen has been accused of intervening in a car import business dispute in 2013, when he was deputy chief of the spy agency.

The dispute between car-import businessmen Michael Levi and Rami Ungar as CEO and Gadi Ungar as president dates back to 2007 and 2008, when Ungar succeeded in taking South Korea car distributing giant Kia Motor Corporation's business from Levi, according to media reports.

One of the people whom Ungar said helped Levi spy and hack into Ungar's systems, is former IDF special forces deputy chief Aviram Halevi, who testified in Tel Aviv District Court that Cohen called him in 2013 and pressured him to meet with Ungar.

 

Quite steadily the headlines in the Middle-East newspapers, media and blogs take on war rhetoric against Iran ...

Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension | Stars & Stripes - Feb. 26, 2021 |

Tel Aviv Officials Blame Iran For Blast on Israeli-owned Ship in Oman Gulf | Al Bawaba - Feb. 27, 2021 |

Mystery explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Gulf amid Middle East tensions | Gulf News - Feb. 27, 2021 |

File picture shows Iranian military personnel placing a national flag on a submarine in the Strait of Hormuz. Friday's incident The incident recalled the summer of 2019, when the same site saw a series of suspected attacks that the US Navy blamed on Iran. (Credit: AFP)

An explosion struck an Israeli-owned cargo ship sailing out of the Middle East on Friday, an unexplained blast renewing concerns about ship security in the region amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran.

The crew and vessel were safe, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy. The explosion in the Gulf of Oman forced the vessel to head to the nearest port.

The incident recalled the summer of 2019, when the same site saw a series of suspected attacks that the US Navy blamed on Iran, which Tehran denied. Meanwhile, as President Joe Biden tries to revive nuclear negotiations with Iran, he ordered overnight air strikes on facilities in Syria belonging to a powerful Iranian-backed Iraqi armed group.

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Explosion Hits Israeli-Owned Ship in Mideast amid Tension | Naharnet - AP News |

Abraham Ungar, 74, who goes by "Rami," is the founder of Ray Shipping Ltd., and is known as one of the richest men in Israel. He made his fortune in shipping and construction.

According to the Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Bulgaria, where Ungar provides support and maritime training, he owns dozens of car-carrying ships and employs thousands of engineers.

The U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said it was "aware and monitoring" the situation.

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In the tense summer of 2019, the U.S. military blamed Iran for explosions on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most strategic shipping lanes. The U.S. also had attributed a series of other suspected attacks to Iran, including the use of limpet mines -- designed to be attached magnetically to a ship's hull -- to cripple four oil tankers off the nearby Emirati port of Fujairah.

Since the killing of Fakhrizadeh, the Iranian nuclear scientist, last November, Israeli officials have raised alarms about potential Iranian retaliation, including through its regional proxies like Lebanon's Hizbullah and Yemen's Houthi rebels.

Over the years, Iran has been linked to attacks on Israeli and Jewish civilian targets in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Israel has not commented on its alleged role in the scientist's killing.

Friday's incident also follows normalization deals between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain. The agreements, met with scathing criticism from Iran, solidified an emerging regional alliance against the Islamic Republic.

IBAHRI condemns extrajudicial killing of Iran's nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Israel Leading the Way In Iran Attack | Apr. 30, 2018 |

The modern Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (NVNA) is a state tertiary institution located in Varna

Mr. Abraham Ungar was born on 12.10.1946. In 1971 he graduated from the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. In 1972 he founded the Ungar Holdings LTD - a leading company in the construction industry of Israel, involved in the development of residential homes, office buildings and aviation chartering.

Mr. Ungar is the founder and owner of Ray Shipping LTD. At present the company owns 54 car carriers plus 6 under construction in Korea and Japan and 11 bulkers. More than 1000 Bulgarian officers - masters and engineers 80% of which Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy graduates have been currently employed at Ray Shipping.

Mr. Ungar has enormous personal contribution to the development of maritime education in Bulgaria. For more than 20 years his company has been providing support in organizing training at sea, employing our graduates and improving the training facilities of the Naval Academy. In 2007 Ray Shipping equipped a new seaworthiness learning room. In 2012 the Department of Navigation at the Naval Academy received a simulator system for work with electronic cards. In 2013 financial support was provided to the department of Electrical Engineering to build a modern laboratory for ship propellers.

Mr. Abraham Ungar received the Doctor Honoris Causa honorary title of Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy on 29.04.2014.

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Saudi Arabia Intercepts a Missile Attack Over Its Capital Riyadh

Hebrew media: Iran likely responsible for attack on Israeli-owned ship | I24 News |

Further reading on DOJ and Israeli corruption ...

How the US Justice Department let an alleged Israeli fraud kingpin get away

Quite a number of pro-Israel fraudsters and corrupted felons have received U.S. Presidential pardons ...

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Conclusion of investigation already established in Jerusalem ...

Israeli security officials in Dubai to inspect ship hit by blast in Persian Gulf | Times of Israel |

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Front companies, forged documents and vessel spoofing: US takes aim at Iranian oil | GTR - Feb. 2, 2021 |

US authorities say companies in Iran are using forged shipping documents, vessel impersonation techniques and UAE-based front companies to circumvent sanctions and export oil.

The US Department of Justice makes the allegations in a forfeiture claim filed in early February. It is attempting to seize 2 million barrels of oil currently aboard Achilleas, a Liberia-flagged tanker, that it says originates in Iran and is being sold to support the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which it has designated as a terrorist organisation.

"Profits from oil sales support the IRGC's full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad," the department says.

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As the region moves at lightning speed to oppose president Biden in re-joining the JCPOA agreement, the White House remains silent and is a the defence for not calling out the murderous crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Not even damage control as all Gulf States have vowed to stand by King Salman and his infamous son.

Israel's Netanyahu Blames Iran For Explosion On Cargo Ship | RFERL |

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of carrying out an attack on an Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman last week.

"This was indeed an operation by Iran. That is clear," Netanyahu told state radio Kan in an interview aired on March 1.

"Iran is the greatest enemy of Israel. I am determined to halt it. We are hitting it in the entire region," Netanyahu said in response to a question about whether Israel would retaliate.

The prime minister added that Iran would never acquire nuclear weapons, something he said he had addressed with U.S. President Joe Biden.

"The Iranians will not have nuclear weapons -- with or without a [nuclear] agreement," Netanyahu said. "I said that to my friend Biden as well."

by Oui on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 08:50:41 AM EST
The Iran-led Resistance Axis was "probably" behind the explosion that struck an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman ...

The piece, titled "Evil in Syria and Iraq was answered in Yemen and the Gulf of Oman," insinuated that the explosion was an elaborate operation carried out by Iranian or Iranian-backed forces in response to US and Israeli attacks against Iran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq.

Twenty-four hours of Iran's total war in Yemen, Iraq and Syria | JPost |

Missile intercept above Riyadh ...

Saudi Arabia `intercepts ballistic missile over Riyadh' | Al Jazeera |

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Resistance Axis Defends Interests Levant and Yemen

شر در سوریه و عراق در یمن و خلیج عمان پاسخ داده شد
کیهان ، که مدیر مسئول آن علی خامنه ای منصوب می کند ، گزارش داد.

Evil in Syria and Iraq was answered in Yemen and the Sea of Oman

The attacks and crimes of the Zionist regime in the region, which have been carried out in public for some time, seem to have finally turned this regime into a legitimate target. A likely warship of this regime has been professionally targeted in the Oman Sea, which has completely confused the regime and its allies, so that each of the regime's media has pointed the finger of blame!

External threats -

In recent months, the United States and the Zionist regime have intensified their attacks on the Axis of Resistance in Iraq, Syria, and sometimes Yemen, and some have even openly claimed responsibility. The Zionist regime, which indirectly and covertly supports the Saudis in Yemen, has also attacked the resistance forces in Syria and Iraq from time to time, taking a stand so that everyone knows that these attacks are their job! Perhaps these serial attacks caused the illusion of this regime and this illusion caused them not to take the warnings of the resistance seriously. But what morning It happened in the Oman Sea on Thursday, no matter who did what, so many professions were made that the regime is likely to get out of that illusion.

On the other hand, in addition to supporting the aggressors in Yemen and the terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the United States has bombed the resistance positions in these countries in various ways. These crimes have caused the Axis of Resistance to intensify its retaliatory operations and to strike at American forces from time to time.

by Oui on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 08:56:28 AM EST
Kayhan.ir - English

Kayhan (Persian: کيهان‎, English: The Cosmos) is a newspaper in Iran. It is considered "the most conservative Iranian newspaper." Hossein Shariatmadari is the editor-in-chief of Kayhan. According to the report of NYT in 2007, his official position is representative of the Supreme Leader of Iran. [Source: Wikipedia]
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Which accounts currently have a label?

Currently, labels appear on relevant Twitter accounts from China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates that are:

  • Government accounts heavily engaged in geopolitics and diplomacy
  • State-affiliated media entities
  • Individuals, such as editors or high-profile journalists, associated with state-affiliated media entities

This policy will be expanded to include additional countries in the future.

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That was more than two years ago though?
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Came across the tweet by chance .... pro-Palestinian bloggers have been confronted regularly their account is disrupted. A mob phenomena in digital media. That this happened to Prof. Landis is outlandish. One of the reasons I prefer to stay off all social media. Don't need Internet stalkers. When I started on dKos in 2004, I got a digital death threat from an old-timer.
by Oui on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 01:43:18 PM EST
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Yeah, wasn't that about the time they started cooperating with the Atlantic Council on censorship? Nothing new under the sun.
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the strike hit the area of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Damascus, where Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Lebanese Hizbollah forces are reported to be present.

A suicide bombing near a Shiite Muslim shrine outside of Damascus killed 15 | CBS News - April 25, 2016 |

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The Syrian shrine town of Sayyida Zaynab constitutes a state of exception in the sense that it was founded as a refugee camp for Palestinians in 1949 through a sovereign decision by the Syrian state. The Sayyida Zaynab refugee camp was augmented by settlements for displaced Syrians from the Golan Heights in 1967 and for exiled Iraqis in the 1970s and 1980s. It became an important center of Shi'i education and pilgrimage when Saddam Husayn's repressive policies, as well as the Iran-Iraq War and sanctions, made the shrines of Karbala and Najaf inaccessible to non-Iraqi Shi'a in the 1980s and the 1990s.

Thus, the Syrian shrine town of Sayyida Zaynab gained prominence among ...

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Excellent coverage, this is a file photo of a previous explosion on an oil tanker, not the car carrying vessel MV Helios Ray.

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Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra

Asaad worked with foreign archaeologists from across the globe, assisting with research into the famous UNESCO world heritage site. His death prompted an outpouring of grief from across the world, and is considered a symbol of resistance against the Islamic State group and a marker of its extreme brutality. 

From the diaries ...

US Creating a Sunni Principality in Syria | @BooMan - Sept. 2016 |

    The recent bombardement allied forces of a crucial Syrian Army military post at Deir Ezzor is a harsh example. What agreement for cessation of hostilities?

The Americans were uninvited in Iraq, Libya, Syria ... Obama send cruise missiles and drone strikes into Yemen. Jihadists and mercenaries from Arab friends caused a slaughter of civilians across the Levant ... putting blame on "terror" state Iran. Shia muslims have been targeted by Saddam, Saudi monarchs, Emirati sheiks with support of Erik Prince, former US generals and NSA joint Unit 8200 intelligence officials. And across Balochistan what is daily in Western media ...?

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This pact for attacking sovereign states has been in place unofficially since the Arab uprising.

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This pact for undermining and attacking sovereign states has been in place unofficially since the Arab uprising.

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Returns to the Persian Gulf ... no Sixth Fleet escort?

The massive MV Helios Ray set sail for the high seas after docking in Dubai for repairs.

Lives lost by airstrikes or assassinations are not that easily repaired ...


by Oui on Wed Mar 3rd, 2021 at 12:31:20 PM EST
... reaping the benefits a decade later: FEAR INC.

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Israel 'bombed a dozen ships carrying Iranian oil or weapons in past two years' | The Guardian |

Israel has bombed at least a dozen ships en route to Syria during the past two years, most of which have been carrying Iranian oil, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing US and regional officials.

The attacks, which the article said included water mines in the Red Sea and other areas of the region, would, if confirmed, suggest a new front in the semi-covert conflict between arch-foes Israel and Iran.

Some of the naval attacks blocked Iranian efforts to move weaponry in the region, the US media outlet reported. At the same time, the oil shipments were targeted "out of concern that petroleum profits are funding extremism in the Middle East".

The strikes did not sink any tankers but forced at least two to return to port in Iran, it added. Iran did not immediately comment on the report.

The revelations follow two recent incidents involving tankers that have raised tensions between the two countries.

First was a blast on an Israeli-owned ship, the Helios Ray, in the Gulf of Oman last month. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, blamed the explosion on Iran, saying: "Iran is the greatest enemy of Israel. I am determined to halt it. We are hitting it in the entire region."

Iran denied the claim.

Israel announced a recent tar spill that ravaged its shores was caused by a tanker carrying Iranian oil bound for Syria.

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The US president, Joe Biden, has plans to resurrect a US-Iran nuclear deal opposed by Israel as it considers Iran to be an uncooperative "terrorist regime".

Meanwhile, officials in Iran have accused Israel of "military adventurism", and Tehran alleged its enemy assassinated its top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last year.

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

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Israeli officials said to push calmer waters with Iran after alleged ship blasts | Times of Israel |

IDF chief Kohavi also said to be against an aggressive approach to situation in Persian Gulf as new US administration settles in with attempts to save 2015 nuclear pact.

Officials also reportedly noted the sensitivity of the water route from Asia to Israel as it passes in the region of the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway where Iran has been particularly active over the past decade, warning the situation could rapidly deteriorate.

This week Kohavi is scheduled to accompany President Reuven Rivlin on a short trip to Germany, France, and Austria, where they will meet with the presidents of those countries to discuss Iran's nuclear program and regional security issues.

IDF Chief Kochavi Warning On Iran

"Wel'll act if Biden doesn't."

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Israel and A Presidential Election

IDF chief Kochavi to lobby European leaders against Iran deal, Hezbollah | JPost |

Perhaps Gen. Kochavi could make a courtesy call here in The Hague ...

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Report: Netanyahu Ordered Closing Airspace to Jordan Following Spat Over UAE Flight | Haaretz |

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's airspace closed to flights from Jordan last week after the kingdom stalled its approval of his planned flight through Jordanian airspace to the United Arab Emirates, Israeli journalist Ben Caspit reported Sunday.

Transportation Ministry officials opposed the order and delayed its implementation, Caspit said in the report, and it was ultimately canceled before it affected any scheduled flights from Jordan.

According to Caspit's report, Netanyahu asked Transportation Minister Miri Regev to relay the order to both the Israel Airports Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority without first consulting the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the diplomatic-security cabinet, the Mossad or the Shin Bet security service.

Jordanian prince sparks controversy after tweeting article denouncing UAE-Israel deal | Middle East Eye - Aug. 26, 2020 |

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UNRWA in Jordan: 2,206,736 Registered Refugees

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Netanyahu Has (Almost) Nothing to Fear From a President Biden | Carnegie Endowment |

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Time running out for serious nuclear diplomacy with Iran, former U.S. energy secretary says | CNBC - March 11, 2021 |

The U.S.'s Iran envoy, Rob Malley, told Axios that Iran's elections "are not a factor" in the Biden administration's decision-making for how to proceed with nuclear talks. Washington has made clear to Iran that it is ready to engage to "discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran's nuclear program" but Iranian leaders have taken a firm approach, saying they will not meet until the U.S. provides some form of sanctions relief.

'Frankly, not working'

Despite Biden's promise for a swift return to the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, the timeline is anyone's guess.

Sanam Vakil, deputy head of the Middle East North Africa program at Chatham House, sees these comments as primarily geared toward a domestic U.S. audience.  

"The Biden strategy is one where they don't want to be seen as being held hostage to Iranian timelines," she told CNBC, describing Malley's comments as "really directed toward U.S. opponents to the JCPOA and trying to signal that they intend to take a tougher approach. But it doesn't mean that they are not going to be mindful of the potential political transitions inside Iran."

For the "sanctions team", Iranian clock is not ticking | Tehran Times |

With Iran's presidential elections in June, Ernest Moniz, co-chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative think tank, says: "I would expect a hiatus while the new Iranian administration gets organized."

Like most of American analysts, Moniz, a professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), believes that the Iranian Principlists (conservatives) will lead in the June presidential elections, and should this happen, the already down-the-heel nuclear deal would be much more complicated to manage.

Moniz who appeared as Iran's Ali Akbar Salehi counterpart to work out the technical aspects of the JCPOA in 2015, warns: "There are probably just about 10 weeks left for some serious diplomacy. There's a pretty short fuse here to get something done before the Iranian elections will naturally call for a bit of a reset."

Against this backdrop, it appears that the Biden administration neither intends to rush to a deal with Tehran nor slows its pace due to Iran's imminent elections. State Department Iran envoy Rob Malley clarified on Wednesday that elections "are not a factor" in likely nuclear talks.

In his first interview since taking office, Malley, one of the American negotiators in the JCPOA talks, told Axios: "The pace will be determined by how far we can get consistent with defending U.S. national security interests."

Undoubtedly, while Biden seems quite determined to swiftly reverse the process Donald Trump conducted towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the timeline is anyone's guess.

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