Policy Director @UANI. #Iran watcher & wonk. Middle East analyst. Research focus: leadership dynamics in Iran, the IRGC, & Shiite militias.

Washington, DC
Joined September 2013
#BREAKING: @JakeWSimons reports Mossad recruited a team of 10 #Iran nuclear scientists to carry out a covert operation which blew up A1000 centrifuge hall at Natanz in April. The scientists believed they were working for dissident groups. thejc.com/news/world/exclusi…
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"Some of the explosives they used were dropped into the compound by a drone and quietly collected by the scientists, while others were smuggled into the high security facility hidden in boxes of food on a catering lorry."
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After the explosion, the scientists responsible were spirited away to a safe location. The source added: “All of them are very safe today.”
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>>@SecBlinken just now: "As you know our team led by Rob Malley is in Vienna right now and I think in the very near future--in the next day or so--we will be in a position to judge whether #Iran actually intends right now to engage in good faith." 1/5
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"I have to tell you that recent moves and recent rhetoric don't give us a lot of cause for optimism. But even though hour is getting late, it's not too late for #Iran to reverse course...What Iran can't do is sustain the status quo of building their nuclear program..." 2/5
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"while dragging their feet on talks. That's also not our view alone...I had a good conversation with Russia's foreign minister on this...But we'll see what happens over the next couple of days...it's up to Iran to demonstrate and demonstrate quickly" readiness for compliance. 3/5
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.@SecBlinken appears to be echoing earlier comments by @trussliz that the Vienna talks are the "last opportunity" for #Iran to come to the table. But all Tehran needs to here is the hour is "not too late" to reverse course in Blinken's comments. 4/5
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It will seek to say and do enough to earn another meeting but not necessarily earn an agreement at this stage. 5/5
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Despite the meeting, from this tweet it doesn't sound like there is any deal yet on the Karaj centrifuge workshop. #Iran
I met Iran’s chief negotiator @Bagheri_Kani in Vienna today. We discussed our current exchanges in the context of the #JCPOA negotiations and also issues related to our own bilateral activities.
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No mention of meeting being "constructive" either.
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Jason Brodsky retweeted
Tehran considers direct talks with Americans as "reward" that should only be given once Washington has satisfied Iran's preconditions for direct talks If Tehran genuinely thinks US is in Vienna only to be a spoiler then why did Iran send a nearly 40-strong team? US wants a deal
Replying to @AbasAslani
#Iran’s Bagheri: 3rd-party actors, directly or via some actors in Vienna talks, try to disrupt process of talks & the path to agreement. Yesterday, I cautioned P4+1 negots that efforts should be made not to allow actors outside the talks to negatively impact the process. #Israel
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Surreal interview with #Iran's ambassador to the UK about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case. He's expecting the UK to be "nice" when Tehran is holding its citizens hostage. thenationalnews.com/world/uk…
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The Iranians want to create the illusion of progress in the hopes of earning another meeting and deflecting diplomatic pressure. But here is the reality ⬇️
I hear the U.S. doesn't think they are even close to any agreement on anything with the Iranians
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#Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani meeting with @iaeaorg director-general @rafaelmgrossi today. Araghchi also met with Grossi at times while in Vienna during previous rounds.
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Will Grossi get a deal for Karaj centrifuge workshop? That will be important.
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#Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s house cleaner, who has been charged with attempting to spy on the minister on behalf of #Iran, on Thursday challenged the accusation that the Iranians were behind the espionage. timesofisrael.com/house-clea…
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Sure, and the Beit-e Rahbari is so interested in dialogue that it keeps using the pretense of negotiations to advance #Iran's nuclear program. Check out the latest IAEA report from yesterday.
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"The Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly, said that Israel still considers a military strike against #Iran to be a viable option and is preparing for all scenarios." apnews.com/article/europe-mi…
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