The Week in Review: July.26th – August.2nd

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed restrictions on the Iranian regime’s nuclear program. The restrictions aim to preserve oversight on the Islamic Republic’s program and reduce proliferation risks. Pompeo accused the regime of trying to extort the international community and threaten regional security, in a press release.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Iranian government would be prepared to engage in talks with Saudi Arabia if Saudi officials were ready to do so. The offer comes after Riyadh accused the Islamic Republic of carrying out attacks on six oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, leading to heightened tensions between the two rival countries.

A U.S.-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz to protect ships passing through the waterway after Iranian officials seized a British tanker was supported by Britain and France. Germany refused to participate in the mission, citing concerns over whether the move might ignite a military conflict in the Strait. Japan said it wouldn’t contribute ships to the mission, but may send patrol aircraft.

A new campaign to make diplomatic protections a legal right for detained nationals in Iran has been started by Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband.
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Former reformist President Mohammad Khatami called on Iranians not to boycott the country’s next Parliamentary elections while also calling on the Iranian government to guarantee peoples’ civil liberties.
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More than half of the population in Iran living under the poverty line hold full time jobs, a new survey has revealed.
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The Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran has agreed to allow women football fans to attend football matches after the President of the International Federation of Association Football called on Iran to lift the ban on women attending matches.
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