Trump Admin Divided on Level of Support for Iranian Protesters

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian dissidents and congressional opponents of the hardline ruling regime in Tehran are pushing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to end a secret deal with Iran that has prevented the United States from leveling sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s chief propaganda network, which has been working to quash a wave of popular protests, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

U.S. Seeks to Thwart Iran Flying Millions in Cash Out of Germany

Foreign ministers including Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas take part in a Comprehensive Plan of Action ministerial meeting on the Iran nuclear deal

Top Trump administration officials are working to stop Germany from allowing Iran to fly more than $350 million in cash out of the country and back to Tehran as part of a bid by the Iranian regime to restock its coffers ahead of a major financial crackdown by America, according to conversations with senior U.S. diplomats and officials on Capital Hill.

Iran Threatens to Shut Down Key Oil Shipping Route

Dhows, fishing boats and cargo ships are seen in the Strait of Hormuz

Iranian military officials are threatening to enact a naval blockade in the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping lane for oil in the Persian Gulf, if the U.S. follows through with efforts to block all of Iran’s oil exports under a rash of new economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic, according to regional reports.