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What are the political obstacles to the resurrection of the Nabucco pipeline from Iran?

As already reported by another question the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom has ceased gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria. The problem with alternative supplies is that they are few and ...
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Has Iran built this missile defense system by copying Russian S-200 system?

Iran unveils its new local-made AD-200 air defense missile system during DIMDEX 2022 in Qatar Has Iran built this missile defense system by copying or reverse-engineering the Russian S-200 system? Or,...
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How did Iran mitigate the effect of the SWIFT sanctions on them?

It seems to me although Iran faced hash sanctions with SWIFT ban in 2012 and again in 2018, their GDP took a hit and dropped for two years and but rebounded again (even through Covid). From the chart ...
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How exactly will the US restoring sanction waivers on Iran's civilian nuclear activity help Iran?

Recently it was announced that the Biden administration has restored the waivers on sanctions on Iran's civilian nuclear program - revoked in 2020 by the Trump administration - which were part of the ...
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How is Iran sustaining its economy?

Iran has been under US sanctions for a long time now. Why isn't Iran collapsing like Venezuela or Cuba? How is Iran sustaining its economy?
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Can you be an avowed atheist in Iran?

It seems that, at least as recently as 2014, Iran had a death penalty for apostasy. But apostasy isn't non-belief. In fact, that charge seems to be a rather contextual matter. In this Guardian story ...
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Is Iran's claim of civilian uses for 60%-enriched Uranium valid?

(This is a followup question, I suppose, to: Are there non-military uses of 20%-enriched Uranium?) Following the US pulling out of the JCPOA agreement in 2018, and the other signatories enabling ...
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What do those Iranians who say "Death to America!" mean by it?

I was watching an old Anthony Bourdain show and I saw local Iranians in Tehran chanting "Death to America!" and then in the next scene saying "We need one day to be friends". Do ...
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Is there anything the United States can do to stop the Taliban from selling American made military equipment to Iran?

Today I have been wondering about the possibility of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan selling some American made military equipment to Iran as a way of raising much needed cash for the new Taliban ...
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What are downsides of Israel's starting war on Iran? [closed]

Influenced by this question, now been deleted. In that question its author in rude and abusive form asked about why Israel still not bombing Iran. I wonder what downsides (other than massacring ...
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Why is Former President Trump criticized for leaving the Iran Deal and his 'Maximum Pressure' campaign?

(Inspired by another question which was closed and deleted as a push question.) According to the Financial Tribune: The US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said the maximum pressure campaign ...
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Why is the media assuming Iran did actually try to kidnap Masih Alinejad? [closed]

Recently four Iranians were accused of plotting to kidnap activist Masih Alinejad. Since then we've had articles like these in the media: Activist targeted in kidnapping plot says Iran is testing the ...
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Why didn't the USA invade Iran before they could build up their missile arsenal?

Iran's Ballistic Missile Program According to the above article, even though Iran started its domestic missile program during the 80s, it achieved its long-range missiles around the 2000s. As of 2021,...
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Does the US officially acknowledge that Iran diverted a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan in 2010?

Iran and Kyrgyzstan have claimed that a flight from Abu Dhabi to Bishkek was forced to land in Iran in 2010, leading to the arrest of Abdolmalek Rigi, who was later executed. Interestingly, US ...
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Where can I find a copy of Iran's proposal pertaining to Palestine to U.N. Security Council on November 1, 2019?

From the official Khamenei.ir's "Which final solution?" It appears that the uproar and the responses of the American and Zionist authorities and their mercenaries are for the most part ...
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Does IAEA conduct spot checks / surprise visits at Iranian nuclear facilities?

I have heard it claimed (in personal conversations) that when the IAEA wishes to make an inspection/visit to an Iranian nuclear facility, it is required to announce its visit a good number of days in ...
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Is Iran considered a democracy by the Western world?

In Iran, there is a supreme leader and a guardian council on top of the parliament. Any candidate for parliament must be approved by the supreme leader and the guardian council. Therefore, this is not ...
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Why doesn't the UK rescue Nazanin Zaghari? [closed]

Nazanin Zaghari is a dual British-Iranian citizen who has been detained for years because of allegations over plotting to topple the Iranian government. These claims are clearly fictitious, and it's ...
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

As far as I understand, the USA's Middle East policy more or less revolves around Israel and its security. The countries which had antagonistic policies toward Israel were either taken out by Israel ...
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Can all sanctions imposed by Trump administration be removed by Biden?

Secretary Pompeo has recently announced some more sanctions on Iranian Astan Qods foundation. It seems that Biden wants to return to JCPOA and he should remove sanctions to be able to negotiate with ...
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Why did Saudi-Arabia not launch its own nuclear program in response to Iran’s? [duplicate]

Saudi and Iran have long fought each other through proxy wars throughout the Middle East. However when Iran started its nuclear program, how come Saudi didn’t do it in response?
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Why did the US dispossess an Iranian ship carrying natural gas to Venezuela?

I prefer the terms "filch" or "dispossess", not "seize", because: [a] "senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that no military force was used in the ...
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Why are Iran and Pakistan members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

Although, OIC's web-site says: The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting ...
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Does the Iran-China pact give the USA an option for slapping China with a large scale sanction?

Recently, the news is floating on the internet: Iran and China are negotiating a deal of $400 billion for seamless supply of oil for 25 years. Does the pact give the USA an option for slapping China ...
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Did US threaten Iran to prevent its tankers delivering oil to Venezuela?

Recently, Iranian tankers delivered oil to Venezuela - which is badly needed, while Venezuela is under US embargo and sanctions. In Iran that was claimed as victory. But were there any direct threats ...
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Why do Iranians play so risky games with the US? [closed]

It is undeniable that the relations between two countries are tense to say the least. And it has been so for decades, sometimes it gets a bit better, only to sink even lower later on. Why is Iranian ...
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How would Iran have benefited from interference in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum? [closed]

At the end of April, Facebook published a report detailing over 50 networks which were removed from the platform due to 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' (CIB). In particular, over 500 pages, groups, ...
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Is it possible for Khomeinism to be a part of a democratic system?

Modern Iran is an authoritarian theocratic republic that follows the Khomeinism political ideology. However, some followers of Khomeini believe that the Khomeinism ideology was supposed to be a ...
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Does Iran have any trade deals with China and if it does, can they protect Iran's economy from economic sanctions?

I read about how Iran has been looking to China for trade in response to sanctions from the United States and the West and how Iran already trades with China using oil. However, what I want to know is ...
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Is Turkey busting the US (oil) sanctions on Iran?

What is known about the extent of Turkey's compliance with US sanctions on Iran? I've read some conflicting reports. One from May said that Turkey completely stopped buying Iranian oil, obeying US ...
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How come Turkey and Iran are good friends despite Turkey having substantial Sunni population?

I've seen Iran is being viewed as a rival by practically every Sunni state. So, how come Iran maintains good ties with Turkey despite the latter having a substantial Sunni population? I would be ...
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Does Soleimani official assassination create a precedent of foreign officials assassination? [closed]

Short situation description in diplomatic terms: Qassem Soleimani was in Iraq on an official visit, by invitation from Iraq's government he was an official Iranian representative US confirmed ...
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How does social security in Iran work and how good are the services it provides? [closed]

I read that Iran provides every citizen with social security covering unemployment, old age, disability, accidents, calamities, health and medical treatment and care services that is required by the ...
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Does Iran have religious protections for members of the Zoroastrianism faith?

I know Iran is majority Muslim and that some of the other faiths that can be found in Iran like the Bahai Faith have been persecuted throughout its existence. I have also learned that Zoroastrianism ...
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How much of a negative impact do bonyads have on Iran's economy?

Bonyads are charitable trusts that control about 20% of Iran's GDP and have been criticized for being "a major weakness of Iran's economy" and providing inadequate charity to the poor(Mackey, Sandra ...
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How well has Iran's nanotechnology industry developed and how much is it used for political goals? [closed]

I read that Iran has companies in the nanotechnology industry and has developed some degree of private industry around nanotech. How well has the nanotech industry of Iran developed and how much is it ...
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How are VPNs such a big industry in Iran despite internet censorship by the authoritarian government?

I have read about how VPNs are a big industry in Iran with the Iran Communication State mentioning it as a lucrative industry. However, the state is also big on internet censorship and it seems ...
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What are the cyber warfare capabilities of Iran's Revolutionary Guard?

In 2013, officials in Israeli claimed that the Revolutionary Guard of Iran was the fourth biggest cyber power when it came to cyber warfare. What are the cyber-warfare capabilities of the Islamic ...
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Has Iran threatened to leave the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty before?

News is that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Monday that Tehran would withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if Europeans continued with what he called “their improper ...
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What role does the ideology Khomeinism play in modern day Iran?

I know that Khomeinism is the founding ideology of the Islamic Republic of Iran based on the political ideology of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. What I want to know is how much influence does ...
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How different are JCPOA snapback sanctions from those in effect due to the US "maximum pressure" campaign?

About a week ago, the E3 have triggered the Dispute Resolution Mechanism of JCPOA after Iran has announced yet another escalation of their non-compliance. (Germany in particular has confirmed that ...
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Can a thorough JCPOA compliance check be performed without spot checks at military sites? [duplicate]

The JCPOA is intended to prevent (preface, para. 1) Iran militarizing nuclear technology. JCPOA compliance is monitored by the IAEA. IAEA inspectors spend around 3000 man-days a year in Iran, ...
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Does Iran or Saudi Arabia have more regional influence in the Middle East?

I have read about the Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy conflict and I would like to know who has more regional influence in the Middle East in terms of political and cultural influence, Iran or Saudi Arabia?
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How is JCPOA compliance monitored? [closed]

JCPOA compliance is monitored by the IAEA. IAEA inspectors spend around 3000 man-days a year in Iran. The Iranian leadership declared military sites off-limits to the inspectors. Prior to the ...
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Why did Iran recognize it's at fault on the Ukrainian plane? [closed]

Now there is a furor inside and outside of Iran. And some people now want their leader to step down. They could deny it forever. Now they having such backlash. Did they make it to put fault on US (...
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Why did the US add a group to terrorism list and after a while remove it?

I am not an expert or even medium in politic. I want to know: Why did the US add a group to terrorism list and after a while remove it? My question is because of the following fact: The United States ...
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Is Iran missile strike the first unanswered strike to the US after Cuban crisis?

As everyone already heard, recently Iran launched a missile strike on US military bases in Iraq. US didn't answer with anything but tweets. Is it the first time after Cuban Missile Crisis, when armed ...
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Is this show of Islamic Republic and the US confrontation beneficial for Trump's impeachment process? [closed]

I'm an Iranian that I'm just living in the US for a couple of years. Recently, the tension between the US and Islamic Republic regime is heightened to another level that we didn't see it before. In ...
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is there any way a WW3 can start? [closed]

Because of the latest conflicts between USA and Iran, is there any way a WW3 can start? And in what case a ww3 can start? Honestly, I don't believe this but I want other people's opinion.
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Iran threatening to attack Dubai

Hours ago Iran had threatened to attack Dubai, referring to Dubai as "America's leg" because of our U.S. owned oil businesses and shipments there. When Iran threatened to attack U.S. troops or ...
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