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22.08.2018 - 14:46 [ Businessinsider.fr ]

‚Europe should not allow the US to act over our heads‘: Germany is challenging the US’s financial monopoly as the Iran row deepens

Germany’s foreign minister has challenged the US monopoly on global payment infrastructure.
Writing in German daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday, Mass said: „It is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States.“
„It is high time to re-evaluate our partnership,“ he said.
European businesses have been caught between the EU and the United States over trade with Iran amid US sanctions.
French energy giant Total officially pulled out of the country on Monday under US pressure.

22.08.2018 - 14:34 [ Sputnik ]

Mehr Unabhängigkeit von USA: EU braucht eigenes Swift-System – Heiko Maas

Die Beziehungen zwischen den USA und der EU werden zunehmend angespannter, auch weil US-Präsident Donald Trump nicht vor wirtschaftlichen Maßnahmen gegen die Europäische Union zurückschreckt. Laut Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas braucht Europa nun mehr wirtschaftliche Unabhängigkeit – und womöglich ein eigenes Swift-System.

22.08.2018 - 09:46 [ Nils Annen, Staatsminister im Auswärtigen Amt / Twitter ]

Außenminister ⁦@HeikoMaas zum JCPOA⁩: Es ist unverzichtbar, dass wir europäische Autonomie stärken, indem wir von den USA unabhängige Zahlungskanäle einrichten, einen Europäischen Währungsfonds schaffen und ein unabhängiges Swift-System aufbauen.

22.08.2018 - 09:17 [ Reuters ]

Germany urges EU payment system without U.S. to save Iran deal

“That’s why it is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States, a European Monetary Fund and an independent SWIFT system,” Maas wrote in the Handelsblatt business daily.

04.08.2018 - 16:23 [ Newsweek.com ]

U.S. Attempts to Change Europe’s Mind by Accusing Iran of Terror Plots

The U.S. is reportedly adopting a new approach in its ongoing efforts to convince European countries to renounce the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and isolate Tehran.

The U.S., Israel and Iranian dissidents say that Iran is „hunting its enemies in Europe,“ according to The Wall Street Journal. American and Israeli governments say alleged terror plots and killings are sponsored by Tehran and are telling European governments to withdraw from the nuclear accord and ban Iranian officials.

03.08.2018 - 15:54 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Pushes Europe to Abandon Iran Over Terror Plots—but Meets Resistance

Washington, Israel and Iranian dissident groups say the alleged recent operations show that Iran has ended years of caution about hunting its enemies in Europe. They are urging European governments to withdraw support for Iran and ban Iranian officials …

13.07.2018 - 17:15 [ Haaretz ]

Trump at NATO Summit: Iran Is in Pain, They Will Call Me and Ask for a Deal

When asked about Iran, Trump said the Iranians are „treating the U.S. with a lot more respect right now.
„Iran at some point will call me and ask for a deal, and we’ll make a deal,“ he said. „They are feeling “a lot of pain right now,” he added.

In May, Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, saying he will reinstate economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

09.07.2018 - 13:49 [ Politico.eu ]

Trump envoy seeks to sweet talk Germany Inc. out of Iran

(4.7.2018) In a bid to coax small- and medium-sized German companies active in Iran away from the Islamic Republic, Ambassador Richard Grenell has quietly begun engaging business executives with an offer to help them tap the much larger and lucrative U.S. market, according to people briefed on the talks. On Tuesday, he met with the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and about a dozen companies to make his pitch.

09.07.2018 - 13:46 [ Xinhua ]

Iran denies assets frozen in Germany: spokesperson

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday dismissed the reports that Germany has blocked parts of the Islamic republic’s financial assets as „baseless,“ according to the ministry’s website.

The reports aimed at creating a „psychological war“ as Iran and Europe are in talks over the former’s nuclear standoff, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said

09.07.2018 - 13:35 [ albawaba.com ]

5 World Powers Commit to Iran Deal, Back Oil Exports Despite US Sanctions Threat

„All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,“ Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.

„This is the first time they have shown this level of commitment, but we will have to see in the future what they really want to do and what they can do,“ Zarif said.

„If they continue to demonstrate the political will they showed today, they will get things done without any problem.“

09.07.2018 - 13:32 [ Sputnik ]

US to Use EU Stance on Iran Deal to Pressure NATO Over Defense Spending – Prof

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK have agreed to establish a permanent expert mechanism that will be tasked with finding ways to maintain trade with Iran regardless of US sanctions. Sputnik discussed this with Professor Christopher Bovis.

07.07.2018 - 19:00 [ Newsweek ]

U.S. Iran Deal Exit Brings Russia and China Closer to Europe as They Meet Behind Trump’s Back

The top diplomats of China, EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have assured Iran that they were willing to salvage a historic nuclear deal abandoned by the U.S.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was forged under the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2015 and scrapped by his successor, President Donald Trump, in May. With Iran looking to face stricter U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministers of the EU and five other nations who signed the nuclear agreement met Friday in Vienna in an attempt to negotiate a viable framework in the absence of Washington.

06.07.2018 - 14:06 [ Irna.ir ]

Außenminister Irans und der G4+1 diskutieren in Wien

Das Treffen zum iranischen Atomabkommen auf der Ebene der Außenminister findet in Wien unter Beteiligung der Außenminister aus dem Iran und den fünf Staaten (Frankreich, Großbritannien, Russland, Deutschland und China) statt.

Das Treffen findet auf Initiative von Teheran statt und wird das zweite Treffen der Gemeinsamen Kommission sein, nachdem die USA sich vom Atomabkommen mit dem Iran zurückgezogen haben.

06.07.2018 - 13:29 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran ‏/ Twitter ]

In Vienna for JCPOA Ministerial Meeting. My mandate is crystal clear: Forge practical solutions.

Expecting EU/E3+2 counterparts to make verifiable & actionable commitments rather than lofty & obscure promises. Make no mistake: Sanctions & JCPOA compliance are mutually exclusive.

05.07.2018 - 19:25 [ Junge Welt ]

Störmanöver gegen Diplomatie: Belgische, deutsche und österreichische Behörden melden iranischen Anschlagsplan. Beweise fehlen

In Wirklichkeit wäre ein Bombenanschlag gegen die NCRI-Großkundgebung zu diesem Zeitpunkt für die iranische Führung äußerst ungelegen gekommen. Andererseits wirkt es auch nicht glaubwürdig, wenn Teheran genau zu wissen vorgibt, dass die zwei in Brüssel Festgenommenen »bekannte Mitglieder dieser Terrororganisation« – gemeint sind die »Volksmudschaheddin« – seien. So formulierte es der Sprecher des iranischen Außenministerium, Bahram Kassemi, in einer am Dienstag veröffentlichten Stellungnahme.

05.07.2018 - 18:49 [ Kurier.at ]

Mogherini: Ministertreffen in Wien zur Rettung des Irandeals

Die EU-Außenbeauftragte Federica Mogherini bestätigte am Mittwoch das geplante Außenministertreffen am Freitag in Wien, bei dem Deutschland, China, Frankreich, Großbritannien und Russland mit dem Iran beraten wollen, wie das 2015 geschlossene Atomabkommen nach dem Ausstieg der USA gerettet werden kann. Mogherini will selbst den Vorsitz führen. Der Iran hatte die Beratungen bereits angekündigt.

04.07.2018 - 16:44 [ Alexander Van der bellen, Präsident von Österrreich / Youtube ]

Pressestatement mit dem iranischen Präsidenten Hassan Rohani

Bundespräsident Alexander Van der Bellen und der iranische Präsident Hassan Rohani bekräftigen beide das Festhalten am Nuklearabkommen des Irans mit der Weltgemeinschaft.

04.07.2018 - 16:33 [ Radio China ]

Iranische Atomfrage: China will zum erfolgreichen Außenministertreffen beitragen

Wie der Sprecher des chinesischen Außenministeriums Lu Kang am Mittwoch vor der Presse mitteilte, werde Staatskommissar und Außenminister Chinas Wang Yi am Donnerstag Österreich besuchen und am Freitag am Außenministertreffen über die iranische Atomfrage in Wien teilnehmen.

04.07.2018 - 16:19 [ Wiener Zeitung ]

Iran hält an Atomdeal fest

Das sagte der iranische Präsident Hassan Rouhani am Mittwoch bei einem Besuch in Wien. „Soweit es möglich ist für den Iran, werden wir dabei bleiben, aber unter der Voraussetzung, dass wir auch profitieren können“, sagte Rouhani bei einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz mit dem österreichischen Bundespräsidenten Alexander Van der Bellen.

04.07.2018 - 16:11 [ Volksblatt.at ]

Außenministertreffen in Wien für Rettung des Iran-Atomdeals

In Wien soll nach Angaben der iranischen Nachrichtenagentur Irna am Freitag ein Außenministertreffen zur Rettung des Atomdeals mit dem Iran stattfinden. Die Chefdiplomaten der sogenannten 4+1-Gruppe – die Außenminister aus Deutschland, China, Frankreich, Großbritannien sowie Russland würden dabei ihren iranischen Amtskollegen Mohamed Javad Zarif treffen.

23.05.2018 - 18:22 [ Radio China ]

China für Umsetzung von Atomabkommen mit Iran

Wie der Sprecher des chinesischen Außenministeriums, Lu Kang, am Mittwoch in Beijing weiter erklärte, habe die Praxis in den vergangenen drei Jahren bewiesen, dass das Abkommen effektiv sei. China appelliere an alle Seiten, Meinungsverschiedenheiten durch politische Dialoge zu kontrollieren und gegenseitiges Vertrauen aufzubauen.

11.05.2018 - 15:42 [ Bradley Burston / Haaretz ]

Dumping Iran Deal May Well Spur Regime Change. But It Could Be Trump’s Regime. Or Bibi’s

Here are two former salesmen backed by the same casino mogul, gambling their entire legacies and careers on one spin of an untested roulette wheel. Here are two men betting against the house, wagering that by bucking the entire world, they can land a jackpot as big as it gets: in one stroke, toppling the rulers of Iran, ruining and obliterating the hated memory of Barack Obama, and, most importantly, proving their detractors entirely and diametrically wrong.

Two men, that is, trying their best not to count the large number of roulette slots reading „War,“ „World Economic Crisis,“ and „Domestic Political Backlash.“

What happens, that is, if the bet goes south?

09.05.2018 - 07:37 [ Reuters ]

Syrian state media says Israel attacked just after U.S. quit Iran deal

Syrian state media accused Israel of launching missiles at a target near Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal, a move that had prompted Israel to go on high alert.

07.05.2018 - 09:17 [ New Yorker ]

Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials

The campaign was first reported, on Saturday, by the British newspaper the Observer. However, sources familiar with the effort and pages of documents obtained by The New Yorker reveal that there is more to understand. Two of those sources told me on Sunday that the operation was carried out by Black Cube—a firm that was also employed by Harvey Weinstein and that offers its clients access to operatives from “Israel’s élite military and governmental intelligence units,” including the Mossad.

07.05.2018 - 09:10 [ theGuardian.com ]

Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal

(5.5.2018) Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observer can reveal.

People in the Trump camp contacted private investigators in May last year to “get dirt” on Ben Rhodes, who had been one of Barack Obama’s top national security advisers, and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to Obama, as part of an elaborate attempt to discredit the deal.

03.05.2018 - 16:12 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Chris Matthews: „This Was A Takeover Attempt By Netanyahu With His Compliant American Partners“

(3.3.2015) „What country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to wrest from the president control of U.S. foreign policy. And that’s what the applause was about today. That was what the battle of applauses was about, to take power away from the president.“

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Times of Israel ]

At 10th J Street conference, Trump and Netanyahu seen as peas in a rotten pod

J Street was instrumental in 2015 in helping to pass the Iran nuclear deal. Trump appears ready to dismantle it next month. J Street’s operating credo when it was established in 2008 was to advance the two-state solution. Trump and Netanyahu have both retreated from commitment to a two-state outcome.