Iran

Since our inception, CUFI has been opposed to the radical regime in Iran and its vehement hatred of Israel. Iran’s obsession with destroying Israel began in 1979 after the violent Islamic Revolution empowered radical fundamentalists committed to dominating the Middle East. Ever since, Iran’s hatred of Israel and the United States has been the foundation of its foreign policy.

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s proxies, including the terrorist-army Hezbollah, are all over the world. CUFI is committed to countering Iran’s malevolence through sanctions on the Islamic Republic and efforts to disrupt military and financial support of Hezbollah. Furthermore, CUFI supports the Iranian people and those who protest Tehran’s tyranny as they seek regime change from the Islamic Republic’s oppressive government.

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U.N. Security Council to Start Talks on U.S. Bid to Extend Iran Arms Embargo

The United Nations Security Council is due to hold a first round of talks on Wednesday on a U.S. proposal to indefinitely extend an arms embargo on Iran, which is currently set to end in October under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

The United States circulated a draft resolution on the measure to the 15-member council on Monday,…

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Iran’s Other Nuclear Violations

The media barely noticed, but the world on Friday called out Iran for blocking nuclear inspections unrelated to President Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal. This problem will continue no matter who is the American President in 2021.

Iran has been a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons since 1970. As a signatory, the country…

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Iran’s Currency Reaches Lowest Value Ever Against the Dollar

Iran’s currency on Monday dropped to its lowest value ever against the dollar and officials warned Iranian exporters to bring their foreign earnings home from abroad.
Money exchange shops briefly traded the Iranian rial 200,000 for a dollar and later in the day, the currency was valued at 198,000 rials against the dollar. The lows were a new…

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IDF Chief of Staff: Iran Now the Most Dangerous Country in the Region

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi warned on Sunday that “Iran has become the most dangerous country in the Middle East.”

Speaking at a ceremony at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv marking a change in the leadership of the IDF Planning Directorate, Kochavi said the threat Iran poses to the entire Middle East extends beyond its…

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UN Nuclear Watchdog Passes Resolution Criticizing Iran Over Lack of Access to Two Sites

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors has passed a resolution condemning Iran, AFP reported on Friday, citing diplomatic sources.
The resolution, first of the kind to pass since 2012, urges Iran to grant the IAEA access to two suspected nuclear sites to clarify whether undeclared activity took place there in the early…

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Iran Claims Successful Test of New Naval Cruise Missile

Iran said on Thursday its navy had successfully fired a new locally-made cruise missile during war games in the northern Indian Ocean and near the entrance to the Gulf.

The test-firing comes as the United States is seeking an extension of a UN-imposed arms embargo against Iran, which is due to expire in October under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal…

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German Intel Report Lays Bare Iran’s Attempts to Obtain Nuclear Proliferation Technology

Iran remains bent on developing the deadliest weapons on the planet, according to a German intelligence service report released Monday.

In a section titled “Proliferation,” the 181-page Baden-Württemberg state intelligence agency document reviewed by Fox News states that Iran, Pakistan, North Korea and Syria are “still pursuing” such efforts….

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Released From Iranian Prison, U.S. Student Xiyue Wang Says He Was Held As A ‘Hostage’

Until his release in December, American student Xiyue Wang spent more than three years behind bars in Iran — not because Iranian authorities hoped to glean any information from him, he says, but because they believed he would be useful in their negotiations with the U.S.

Wang, a U.S. citizen and graduate student at Princeton University, was…

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Iran Edging Closer to Nuclear Bomb, Israeli Defense Officials Assess – Report

Israeli defense officials believe Iran hasn’t increased the pace of its nuclear enrichment in recent months, but nevertheless could be just two years from producing an atomic weapon, a report said Sunday.

The Walla news site quoted the unnamed senior officials as saying Jerusalem estimates the Islamic Republic continues to enrich uranium at a…

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Iran Prepared to Retaliate if US Stopped Venezuela-Bound Tankers

An Iranian news agency close to the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that Iran’s naval forces were preparing to target US commercial vessels in the Gulf last month in case US forces interfered with Venezuela-bound Iranian oil tankers.

Iran sent a flotilla of five tankers of fuel to gasoline-starved ally Venezuela in May, and Tehran has…

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UN: Arms seized by US, missiles in Saudi Arabia attack ‘of Iranian origin’

Cruise missiles used in several attacks on oil facilities and an international airport in Saudi Arabia last year were of “Iranian origin,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in a report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Guterres also said several items in U.S. seizures of weapons and related materiel in November 2019 and…

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US Sanctions Campaign May Close Iran’s Foreign Antisemitic News Outlets

The American maximum sanctions pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran may lead to the closure of a number of foreign Iranian news outlets involved in spreading antisemitism and the use of torture against a former Newsweek journalist.

“US ‘maximum pressure’ vs Iran’s dictatorship is a great success. For example, the head of its…

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IAEA Expresses Concern Over Iranian Denial of Access to Suspected Nuclear Sites

The International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday called on Iran to immediately provide access to several locations it believes may be related to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

In a report issued to IAEA member states on Friday, the agency detailed suspected activities and materials including ”the possible presence … of natural uranium in…

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Iran Builds Another Fake US Aircraft Carrier to Practice Blowing it Up

Spotted off the coast of Iran in recent days is a mock-up of a US Aircraft Carrier. The giant fake ship was seen near Bandar Abbas port, an area where the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps operates, and it is thought to be for training or propaganda. This is one of several such mock-ups Iran has built in the last decade to show off their…

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House Republicans Propose ‘Toughest Sanctions’ on Iran

Congressional Republicans on Thursday unveiled a legislative package that includes the “toughest sanctions” to date on Iran.

The Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest Republican caucus in Congress, released a policy wish list titled the “RSC National Security Strategy: Strengthening America and Countering Global Threats” that calls for…

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Iran’s Pre-Deal Deceptions

The Islamic Republic long has been deceitful about its nuclear ambitions, but for years the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given the regime cover in public. Maybe not anymore.

“The Agency notes with serious concern that, for over four months, Iran has denied access to” two sites in the country, says an IAEA report sent to member…

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European Union Rejects US Attempt to Restore UN Sanctions on Iran

European Union Foreign Affairs Minister Josep Borrell said on Tuesday that the United States cannot initiate snapback sanctions at the United Nations against Iran, including extending the world body’s arms embargo on the regime, since the Trump administration withdrew America from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and is therefore no longer a part of it….

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US Announces Return of Sanctions on Iran Regime’s National Maritime Carrier

Iran’s national maritime carrier and its China-based subsidiary came under US sanctions on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.

“Today, sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company Ltd (E-Sail) have come into effect,” Pompeo said in a statement.

The…