Rise in US's anti-Iran rhetoric

A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on July 19, 2017 shows him chairing a cabinet meeting in Tehran. (Photo by AFP)

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Rise in US's anti-Iran rhetoric

Tensions over the US anti-Iran measures continue with the Islamic Republic once again deploring Washington over the matter. Iran’s President Hassani Rouhani has warned the US against undermining the nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying Washington will suffer the most if the nuclear agreement known as the JCPOA is ditched. Earlier, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister said the nation will remain committed to its nuclear deal with the P5+1 group as long as the agreement safeguards Tehran’s interests. Abbas Araqchi condemned the latest US sanctions against Iran as a hostile act, saying the Islamic Republic will give a decisive response to the measures. Some observers believe that the administration of US President Doland Trump aims to push Iran into a corner and force it into quitting the JCPOA. Trump has on many occasions said he will not confirm Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal forever. That would put a heavy strain on the agreement.

Iraq on verge of major political changes

After the defeat of Daesh in Mosul, the winds of change are now blowing through Iraq’s political scene. On July 24, Ammar al-Hakim announced that he was stepping down as the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) to establish a new party. Soon after, news came in that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi would break up with his party to form Tahrir wal Benaa for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The Popular Mobilization Units is also reported to give up its armed role to run the elections. While divisions and resignations are rocking Iraqi major political scene, Sunni and Kurdish parties have not yet introduced a well-organized entity. Some analysts argue that the Arab country’s political landscape requires such drastic changes; however, many others believe unity and stability should be the country’s first priority.


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