U.S.-Iran Relations

  • Can Iran’s Khamenei Rule Out ‘National Reconciliation’? February 23, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran“Some people talk about national reconciliation; however, that does not make sense to me,” he said. “The people are already united. So why do you talk about reconciliation? Are the people against each other?” This has been a recurring theme in Iran since the contested 2009 presidential election and subsequent ...
  • Bolton: Designate IRGC a Terrorist Organization to Kill Nuclear Deal February 10, 2017
    Adam Weinstein
    boltonJohn Bolton, a former UN ambassador under George W. Bush, indicated that a terror designation for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would be a sound way to kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Bolton’s provocative remarks were at a panel hosted by the Jewish Institute for National Security ...
  • Trump’s Reckless New Iran Provocation: Designating the IRGC February 8, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    FILE PHOTO: Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoAccording to the New York Times and Reuters, the Trump administration is prepared to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) as soon as next week. This is an extremely provocative move by an administration that increasingly looks eager to start a war with Iran. ...
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Administration’s Iran Sanctions Designations February 3, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    JS119492525_AP_Donald-Trump-on-phone-to-turnbull-large_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqN-IJhLaQEeagjjxwYxbEQhTj6id9vZ3VNAl6Za7zBGI         The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s imposition of new sanctions on Iran following its ballistic missile test: “The Trump administration is following a dangerous escalatory path with Iran without any diplomatic approach or exit strategy. It’s far easier to provoke crises ...
  • What Flynn Could Learn From Kerry About Iran February 2, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    flynn-press-conferenceEven the most inexperienced commander knows not to escalate without having de-escalatory options at hand. That is the most troubling issue with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s harsh “notice” to Iran yesterday in response to Tehran’s ill-advised missile test. Flynn’s statement may have been bluster. The Donald J. Trump presidency ...
  • NIAC Statement on Flynn Putting Iran “On Notice” February 1, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    636215560440385923-AP-TRUMP-IRAN-88470950-2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Trita Parsi Phone: 202.386.6407 Email: tparsi@niacouncil.org Washington, DC – Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council issued the following statement regarding National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s statement today: “National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s statement on Iran today was reckless. While Flynn’s remarks could be construed as simply bluster, they will beget ...
  • NIAC Calls for Grace Period on Inhumane Trump Ban January 28, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    jpegIf the Trump administration has any shred of humanity and decency, it will institute a grace period without delay in order to enable all lawful permanent residents, dual nationals and visa holders from Iran and the other targeted countries to return to the United States to reunite with their families ...
  • Iranian Hegemony is a Figment of America’s Imagination January 25, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiAdam Weinstein
    In the post-Obama era, leading American politicians are again playing up the threat emanating from Iran. During James Mattis’s confirmation hearing for secretary of defense, Sen. John McCain warned that Iran continues to “remake the region in its image from Syria, to Iraq, to Yemen.” Mattis, who supports the Iran ...