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Where might the Iranian-oil-carrying tanker Grace 1 have been heading?

The UK recently seized an oil tanker, Grace 1, carrying Iranian oil into the Mediterranean sea. The UK claimed the oil was intended for Syria, but Iran denies this (e.g. Javad Zarif in this interview, ...
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On what principle did UK seize an Iranian oil tanker? Is there no right of passage for third countries?

In July 2019, the United Kingdom seized an oil tanker carrying oil from Iran to Syria. Reportedly, this is to enforce EU sanctions against Syria. But neither Iran nor Syria are members of the EU, so ...
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How does INSTEX work, and why won't it work?

After the US withdrew from the JCPOA, it threatened criminal and/or financial action against entities which trade with Iran (with some limited exemptions). This made the SWIFT society drop Iranian ...
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Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran?

Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran? Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese leader to visit Iran in 40 Years. Is it worth it for Japan to risk alienating the U.S., which is a ...
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What are the US sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader?

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei today. It was also stated that sanctions will be imposed on Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in the upcoming week. ...
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why does not usa want Iran to have nuclear bomb? [duplicate]

Usa has this bomb. Israel, France, uk have this. But Iran can not have that. Why ?
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What benefit is Iran getting from JCPOA after the US withdrawal?

It is my understanding that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) exchanges a limitation of the nuclear activities of Iran against a reduction or even abolisment of the sanctions against Iran....
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If a country declares war on the United States, does the US Congress need to declare war on them?

In light of the events unfolding between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran, I have been curious as to the prospect of war between the two countries. From what I have ...
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Is Trump guilty of breaking the Hague treaty? [closed]

What the title says. The Hague treaty was signed by the USA in the name of William H. Taft by J. Choate, H. Porter, U. Rose, and a few others, so one may consider it binding. Trump reportedly (NY ...
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India and China's trade future with Iran

Please give specific answers rather than trivial ones. As Donald Trump has warned to impose sanctions on all countries trading petroleum resources with Iran, what is the present trade scenario of ...
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Can Iran easily restart the heavy-water reactor construction at Arak, after supposedly it filled with concrete?

Under JCPOA Iran was supposed to change the design of the Arak IR-40 research reactor to make it harder to produce (weapons grade) plutonium. Iran announced in 2016 that they filled the core of the ...
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What provisions does JCPOA contain for medical isotopes or their (special) precursors?

Back in 2010-2011 or so, Iran claimed (through president Ahmadinejad) that Iran needed 20% enriched uranium only to produce medical isotopes: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Through Translator): [...] The ...
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Are there non-military uses of 20%-enriched Uranium?

Following the US pulling out of the JCPOA agreement last year, Iran has announced it may resume Uranium enrichment, up to a level of 20% of U-235 (the more-active isotope, as opposed to U-238). The ...
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How much authority did EU member governments give to the EU during the negotiations of the JCPOA?

The EU was a key element in the negotiation of the Obama-era "Iran nuclear deal." How did this work with respect member state governments? Did member states choose to delegate responsibility for ...
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Is there a name for sanctioned populations turning against their own governments rather than turning against the sanctioning power?

For a long time I have been wondering whether there is a specific concept given to the phenomenon that occurs when a fraction of local populations who are at the receiving end of sanctions or any ...
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Credible evidence for Iran arming or funding the Houthi rebels in Yemen?

Reuters carries this news item, beginning with the following paragraph: Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shi’ite ...
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Can the US Congress prevent a military action against Iran?

I'd like to know if Trump decides to carry out a military action against Iran, can it be prevented by the Congress? In other words, I want to know which steps are needed to declare war (approval by ...
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Does Iran have any remaining obligations regarding UN Security Council resolution 2231 and testing ballistic missiles?

In recent US government news, Iran allegedly test-fired a missile: The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile ...
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Why are some airlines canceling their flights to Iran after the US sanctions and others do not?

After the recent US sanctions against Iran, some major European airlines (Air France / KLM, British Airways) have stopped their scheduled flights to Iran. However, other major airlines (Lufthansa, ...
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Why are all Iran-German/Iran-European trades made in Dollar instead of Euro?

Germany and most of the EU members declared that they are against the US-sanctions targeting Iran. I wonder how and why all trades with Iran are involving US credit institutes and why trades in Euro ...
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Does the US withdrawal from 1955 Treaty of Amity have any effect on the ICJ's vote about US sanctions on Iran?

As you may already know, today the International Court of Justice ordered the United States to lift new Iran sanctions. The news headline says: The UN’s international court of justice has ...
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Why is Iran determined by U.S. as the biggest state sponsor of terror in the world today?

This is the official stance of the Trump administration. Was it also the position of the Obama administration and Bush administration? What is this based on? I know that America considers Hezbollah ...
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Does Azerbaijan have overland access to Nakhichevan?

Nakhichevan is a part of Azerbaijan physically separated from it, but occupied by the same ethnic group, Turks. However, it is surrounded by countries hostile to Turkey. Does Azerbaijan have any ...
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Why did Russia and China never show any serious intention to ease up US sanctions on Iran?

For instance, Russia and China could ramp up trades, sell airliners/railway-locomotives, invest in Iran's energy/rail/infrastructure sector, and so on when there were no visible competitor from the ...
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Has Iran ever attacked secular rebels inside of Syria?

I know Iran was running an operation inside of Syria. I am trying to discern what exactly they were doing. Is there any evidence that Iran attacked secular rebels fighting the Assad regime?
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Iran-Iraq War compensations claims

Recently an Iranian MP demanded the Iraqi government to pay Iran more than 1 trillion US dollars as damages for Iran-Iraq War. The MP based his claim on Article 6 of UN Resolution 598. I wonder if ...
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Can the EU maintain financial channels and Oil trade with Iran like they claim in their statement on reimposition of US sanctions on the country?

The US has announced fully enforcing sanctions on Iran, starting from Tuesday this week. The EU issued their statement on that, stating that they regret the US decision but the most curious part is: ...
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The reason behind the contradictory behavior of US political parties toward Islamic Republic of Iran

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, the behavior of two American political parties toward Iran has always been contradictory: From the beginning and after hostage-taking by revolutionaries, ...
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What are the potential negative outcomes of US strategy against Iran? [closed]

The current US administration has a clear strategy with respect to Iran: maximum economic sanctions in lieu of the previous nuclear deal. But, what are the potential negative outcomes of this policy ...
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Why US wants India and other countries to stop oil imports from Iran?

Why does US wants other countries to stop oil imports or else face sanctions? As per news, "Without question, they should be reduced. That's what we've been telling them in our bilateral ...
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Is the American government threatening Iran with war?

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is an American think tank who is researching some programs all based on the middle east. This think tank has some former government officers including R....
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Has any Iranian leader accused the USA or Israel of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks after 2017?

In 2010 the sixth President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered 3 points explaining who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks at the United Nations. Video Here In point number 2 he suggests that ...
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Why is the EU eager to stick to the Iran nuclear deal?

Why is the EU eager to stick to the Iran nuclear deal even after the USA backs out from the deal and even threatens to put sanctions on EU companies?
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Can the Iran deal still be salvaged by other western nations without the US? [closed]

Trump withdrew from the Iran deal stating "It was a bad deal. Worst deal in history." France, Germany and the UK have said they "regret" the American decision. The foreign ministry of Russia, ...
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How much of an effect does US withdrawal from the Iran deal actually have?

The US is just one nation -- what effect will US withdrawal have on Iran, assuming that other countries stick to the deal and impose no sanctions?
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US sanctions and foreign companies after the Iran deal

How does the United States government sanction foreign companies for doing business with Iran after President Donald Trump imposed sanctions? I.e. if my company (not in the US) does business with ...
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Why did the USA want to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran?

Donald Trump has recently pulled US out of the Iran Nuclear deal: US President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. Calling it "decaying ...
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Iran rebukes Turkey on Syria incursion - Why?

Turkey is in Syria launching an offensive against the Kurds, and Iran just issued a warning for Turkey to back off. This confuses me - isn't it in Iran's interest for Turkey to suppress the Kurds? Why ...
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Why haven't the sanctions relief improved Iranians living conditions?

While most of the world was celebrating the New Year, Iranian protests continued in the night 2017-2018: "In the events of last night, unfortunately a total of about 10 people were killed in ...
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Why does Iran-Turkey relation function well, but not Iran-Pakistan?

Iran is a Shia country. Turkey and Pakistan are both Sunni countries. Both of them have borders with Iran. It seems to me that Turkey-Iran relationship is functioning well, but, Iran-Pakistan ...
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Why is there always a tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

Why is there always a tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran? What is the root cause? What are the other causes? Is this tension only between the regimes or also between general citizens? How was ...
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Why does the US want to prevent Iran and Turkey from acquiring nuclear weapons? [closed]

Almost 90% of the nuclear powers are non-Muslim countries. Why does the USA want to stop Iran and Turkey from making nuclear weapons?
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Does Iran need to violate the JCPOA agreement to obtain a nuclear warhead?

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce on Saturday slammed the Iran nuclear deal saying it allows the (Islamic) regime (of Tehran), "even without cheating, keep a path to a nuclear ...
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How is Iran able to project its power?

Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Argentina, and so on ... Iran is everwhere. How is Iran able to project its influence so far away from home, even though they are under US sanctions?
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Has the nuclear deal with Iran led to an escalation of Arab differences?

Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Al-Jazeera, curb ties with Iran The JCPOA agreement between Iran, the P5+1 has shaken the war in Syria In the interests of Iran and Russia. Has the ...
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Can a US citizen sue CIA for sponsoring the coup in Iran? [closed]

This question is a continuation of the question, asked here. As far as the international laws are concerned Iran can not sue US nor CIA for its participation of the coup of 1953. Is this also true ...
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Can Iran sue US for the coup or its results?

According to The Guardian, The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran's democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, [...]. ...
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Does America have a serious plan to deal with Iran? [closed]

The Iranian regime actually is at war outside Iran The armed, pro-regime drone shot down by U.S. aircraft Thursday after it fired upon U.S.-led coalition members on patrol in southern Syria was ...
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Does Iran sponsor terrorists?

After yesterday's ISIS attacks in Tehran, U.S. president Trump said in reference to Iran, "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote." Prima facie, the claim that ...
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Is Iran more powerful After Nuclear Deal?

Is it true that: Obama turned Iran into a regional power and Iran earns a lot of money and power after the nuclear deal? Is Iran more powerful after the Nuclear Deal? Is the nuclear deal leading to ...