Thursday, November 1, 2018

Eye on Iran: Denmark Arrests Suspect over Iranian 'Assassination' Plot

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Denmark's security forces say they have arrested a man over an alleged plot by the Iranian intelligence service to assassinate an Iranian-Arab opposition figure on Danish soil. 

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday in a presidential memorandum that he had determined there was sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products from nations other than Iran to permit a reduction in purchases from that country.

China's crude oil imports from Iran in September fell sharply from the same month last year in a sign that China has curbed its purchases from the Islamic republic as Washington prepares to re-impose sanctions on Tehran's oil sector.


Trying to stop Iran's nuclear proliferation is a task better suited to allied intelligence services than customs authorities and procurement channels.


India and South Korea agreed with the U.S. on the outline of deals that would allow them to keep importing some Iranian oil, according to Asian officials with knowledge of the matter. No final decision has been made and an announcement is unlikely before U.S. sanctions on Iran are reimposed Nov. 5, the officials said, asking not to be identified because the information is confidential.

Japan has not yet been granted a waiver from Washington's plan to reimpose sanctions to cut Iran out of international markets, even after several rounds of talks with U.S. officials, the Asian nation's top government spokesman said on Thursday.

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday the Trump administration wants sanctions on Iran's crude exports to strain Tehran, but does not want to harm countries that depend on the oil. 

[L]ess than a week before the crucial deadline this Monday, the campaign against Iran is facing severe challenges.

When Americans go to the polls next week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be glued to the results -  along with China's Xi Jinping, Iran's Hassan Rouhani and an array of other foreign leaders around the world. America's allies and enemies alike will be trying to analyze the 2018 midterms for hints of President Donald Trump's political future and the staying power of his foreign policies - whether it's sanctions against Iran, nuclear talks with North Korea or a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

OPEC has boosted oil production in October to the highest since 2016, a Reuters survey found, as higher output led by the United Arab Emirates and Libya more than offset a cut in Iranian shipments due to U.S. sanctions. 

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen says Denmark will head efforts in the EU to discuss sanctions against Iran, after Copenhagen uncovered a plot directed from Tehran against dissidents. 

"We are not just a handful of days from all of the sanctions that the previous administration had relieved against Iran, snapping back, coming back into effect and it's having a real impact on the Iranian leadership."

[F]or the Trump administration, a new and unexpected ally has emerged: European business... From the perspective of a corporate CEO, the decision is clear. On the question of doing business in the U.S. or Iran, they choose the American market. In fact, these same CEOs have reportedly made it clear to Ambassador Grenell that not only will they comply with sanctions, but in fact they are not supportive of the EU government's talk of evading said sanctions.


A colossal manhunt, an extradition, and an Arab separatist movement.

Denmark is leading a push for new E.U. sanctions against Iran, after its intelligence agencies blamed Tehran for a foiled plot to assassinate an Iranian dissident on Danish soil. 

The Mossad provided Denmark with information that thwarted an Iranian plot to assassinate an Iranian separatist leader in the Scandinavian country, it was revealed on Wednesday. 

Uncertainty is clouding Iran-EU ties after Danish officials leveled accusations that an Iranian intelligence organization was behind an attempted assassination in Denmark. Iran's diplomatic apparatus has been busy reacting to statements from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service and the country's Foreign Ministry.

Western Europe just got a significant - and very timely - reminder of who the Middle East bad guys really are.


The Trump administration has repeatedly condemned Iran for its domestic repression, but it can do much more. To hold the Islamic Republic accountable and express solidarity with Iranians seeking reform, Washington should continue sanctioning the regime's most egregious human rights violators.


As both local and regional experts continue to sound alarm bells over Lebanon's dire economic state and the need to form a new Cabinet, Lebanese lawmakers have returned to wrangling over the allocation of ministries and the size of their individual shares.


After great success in Lebanon, Iran has brought its "Hezbollah model" to Iraq and Syria.

A new government could conceivably represent a headache for the Lebanese, at least if the prime minister-designate Saad Hariri chooses to appoint a Hezbollah figure to be health minister, as seems likely. Legislation passed by the US Congress and signed by President Donald Trump last week explains why.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned in a report to the Security Council that the militia group Hezbollah could drag Lebanon into war and called for its disarmament. 

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday the differences blocking a deal over a new national unity government were "not easy" and signaled he was at odds with his ally Hezbollah over the last outstanding issue.

The next expected conflict between Israel and Hezbollah will lead to unprecedented casualties on both sides and a new escalated round of lawfare against the IDF's conduct, says a new report by top ex-US military officials.


The Saudi-led coalition has massed thousands of troops near Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, local military sources said on Wednesday, in a move to pressure Iranian-aligned Houthi insurgents to return to U.N.-sponsored peace talks. The United States and Britain have called for an end to the 3-1/2-year war that has driven impoverished Yemen to the verge of famine, raising pressure on Saudi Arabia as it faces a global outcry over the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

As Israel and Iran clash in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is courting Gulf Arab states at a time when broader policies align against their common rival Tehran. 


The U.S. campaign against the Soviet Union during the latter years of the Cold War holds some important lessons for Washington's current policy of "maximum pressure" against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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