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U.S. Wants to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran, but Hasn’t Budged on Demands

May 19, 2018
David Sanger | The New York Times
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will outline a new strategy on Monday for constraining Iran, centered around a demand that the United States’ European allies have already rejected: that Tehran enter negotiations in a new deal that would permanently ban Iran from any substantive manufacturing of nuclear fuel and, in turn, forever cut off a pathway to building a bomb.
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Trump presses Arab allies to do more to counter Iran

May 11, 2018
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Trump sent two private letters to Middle East allies in recent weeks complaining that the United States has spent too much money in the region and urging them to pick up more of the burden as part of a coalition to counter Iran’s influence, a person familiar with them said Thursday.
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Trump bets sanctions will force Iran to bargain. There’s no plan B.

May 10, 2018
David Sanger | The New York Times
President Trump said on Wednesday that he expects Iran to continue to comply with the terms of the 2015 deal that limits Tehran’s nuclear program, even as the United States violates it by reimposing what he called “among the strongest sanctions that we’ve ever put on a country.”
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No longer held back by his advisers, Trump puts his imprint on foreign policy

May 9, 2018
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The relative caution that constrained President Trump for much of his first year in office has been cast aside, and an emboldened commander in chief is finally reshaping foreign policy to reflect the “America First” philosophy he promised during his campaign.
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Trump is expected to leave Iran Deal, allies say

May 8, 2018
David Sanger, Steven Erlanger | The New York Times
President Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he is withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, European diplomats said after concluding that they had failed to convince him that reneging on America’s commitment to the pact could cast the West into new confrontation with Tehran.
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Verifying the end of a nuclear North Korea ‘could make Iran look easy

May 7, 2018
David Sanger, William Broad | The New York Times
As he weighs opening nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea, President Trump faces a regime that for decades has hidden key elements of its nuclear programs from international monitors and has banned inspectors from the country.
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Israel’s claims on Iran divide Europe and U.S. on merits of nuclear deal

May 2, 2018
David Sanger, David Halbfinger, Mark Landler | The New York Times
The Trump administration on Tuesday embraced Israel’s claims that Iran entered a nuclear deal with the world’s major powers under false pretenses, a stark divergence from its European allies, who said the disclosures broke little new ground and reinforced, rather than weakened, the case for the 2015 deal.
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