Tag: Iran

Is Iran the New Iraq? Here Are the Similarities — and Big Differences

Two Navy men attach cargo to a Sea Hawk helicopter from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Red Sea, May 10, 2019. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has been deployed to the area as tensions with Iran have escalated. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Smalley/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An American administration is issuing dire warnings about a Persian Gulf nation, there’s talk of war and questions about the quality of intelligence. And those who back confronting Iran and those…

Iran Says It Has 3,000 to 4,000 Active Centrifuges for Uranium Enrichment

(JTA) — Iran has 3,000 to 4,000 active centrifuge machines for uranium enrichment, its Speaker of the Parliament said.

The number of operating machines is down from the 9,000 the Islamic Republic had running before it signed the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said in a rare admission of actual numbers of centrifuges. The United States under President Donald Trump announced in May that it would withdraw from the deal.

The current number of active centrifuge machines is well under the ceiling agreed to in the nuclear deal called the Joint Comprehensive…

Trump and His Foreign Policy Team Are On Separate Pages. What Does It Mean for Israel and Iran?

President Donald Trump, right, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appear to have different views on Iran. (Illustration by Charles Dunst/JTA; photo: Maxpixel, Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump says he’s ready to meet Iran’s leadership without preconditions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to have preconditions.

The disconnect of recent weeks was sharpened Monday when the White House announced the reimposition of sanctions on Iran, the first to…

Trump Says He Would Meet Iran’s Leaders Without Preconditions

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump said he was ready to meet with Iran’s leaders anytime with no preconditions, a pivot from his administration’s policy of encouraging “soft” regime change by isolating its ruling elites.

“No preconditions, no, they want to meet I’ll meet, anytime they want,” Trump said Monday at a press availability with Prime Minister Guisseppe Conte of Italy when asked if he would meet with Iran’s leaders. “It’s good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world.”

Trump maintained a tough line on Iran,…

This Leading Republican Congressman Backs Netanyahu’s Stand To Kick Iran Out of Syria

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Michael McCaul wants Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to know he has his back when it comes to Israel’s demand that Iran leaves Syria for good.

“If it’s not good enough for Israel, it’s not good enough for me,” said McCaul, the Texas Republican who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, referring to Israel’s negotiations with Russia regarding Syria.

McCaul, speaking this week to JTA, said he was concerned about the Trump administration’s commitment to backing Israel in its negotiations with Russia about removing Iranian…