The US was left isolated at the UN security council last month when it said it wished to reimpose snapback sanctions, with the European nations – known collectively as the E3 – arguing that the US was no longer a participant in the deal and so unable to act unilaterally. The US, which left the deal in 2018, described the E3 position as crackers and pandering to terrorists. A further showdown on the issue at the UN is expected this month. … [Read more...] about UK, France and Germany agree to reject US demand for Iran snapback sanctions
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Afkari's death sentence earlier this month spurred an international outcry, including condemnation from US President Donald Trump. The protests that Afkari participated in, began in December 2017 to speak out against the government's economic and social policies. … [Read more...] about Athletes Germany calls for sanctions after Iranian wrestler’s execution
Her case may also be intertwined with the standoff between the west and Iran over the fate of the nuclear deal signed in 2015, and the lifting of the UN embargo on conventional arms sales to Iran that is due to occur in October. The US is also claiming it has the powers to require the UN to impose its previous sanctions on Iran on the basis Iran is in breach of the 2015 deal. The UK has joined France and Germany in resisting this US interpretation, and the issue will come to a head at the UN general assembly over the next fortnight … [Read more...] about Iran postpones Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s trial at last minute
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel: Through good times and bad Too thin-skinned on media By 2012, Vladimir Putin had taken on a harsher course towards the press and political dissenters. When asked about media freedom while in Saint Petersburg, Merkel responded with a barely hidden jab at her fellow leader: "If I were to get sulky every time I opened a newspaper, I wouldn't last three days as chancellor," she said. … [Read more...] about Germany is mulling economic sanctions against Russia. Do they actually work?
Merkel said she was criticised every day over her support for the Iran nuclear deal, but asked whether it was helpful to the west’s common goal of containing Iran’s wider negative behaviour, including in Yemen, “to cancel the only existing agreement with Iran, or it is a small lever to maintain pressure on other issues? This is a tactical question.” … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel criticises US isolationism, urging ‘win-win solutions’