In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, welcomes French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the start of their meeting, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 5, 2018. Le Drian met stiff resistance from his Iranian counterpart, who said Western arms deals had turned the Middle East into a "gunpowder depot." His one-day trip Monday highlighted the challenge Paris faces in challenging Iran while at the same time trying to keep the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers intact. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomes French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian for a meeting in Tehran earlier this month. His one-day trip highlighted the difficulties of challenging Iran whileShow more

Flawed Iran nuclear deal is being used as a political football



As the Iranian regime ramps up efforts to spread its malign influence in this region, failures at the core of the 2015 nuclear deal are being increasingly laid bare. Amid conflicting expectations and discord among its signatories, the agreement looks ineffectual at best and enabling at worst. While European powers remain invested in the deal, US President Donald Trump has expressed a need to fix its "terrible flaws", firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who reportedly backed the accord. Mr Trump will likely discuss the deal this week with Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has spoken out repeatedly about the direct effects of Iranian action, particularly its malign presence in various Arab countries. The deal is increasingly becoming a political football with Britain, France and Germany proposing fresh EU sanctions on Iran, hoping to persuade Mr Trump to preserve it. But the deal is flawed from inception and fresh sanctions are unlikely to generate substantive change in the regime's behaviour.

The crux of the deal hinges on Iran reaffirming that "under no circumstances will it ever seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons”. However, that is not an indefinite commitment, as the deal has a term limit. Tehran would agree to lower enrichment levels and uranium stockpiles, limit research and development and jettison nuclear-oriented ballistic missiles for a period of time. In return, sanctions would be lifted and tens of billions of dollars of revenue unfrozen. Western nations hoped the agreement would significantly correct Iran’s behaviour and transform a mistrustful relationship. For the Iranians – who have ruled out re-negotiation – the agreement stopped at nuclear armament.

Today the deal's failings are painfully clear. On Friday, the commission overseeing the nuclear accord confirmed that Iran was meeting its obligations. But with an influx of revenue after 2015, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has broadened its insidious influence. According to US National Security Adviser HR McMaster, Iran has provided more than $16 billion to the Assad regime and its proxies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen since 2012, The National reported. US Defence Secretary James Mattis has accused Tehran of trying to influence elections in Iraq. Iran may be fulfilling the core requirement of the nuclear deal but its conduct has worsened in the intervening years. And while European powers scramble to keep it in place amid US scepticism, Iran's militant actions in the region should not go unhindered.

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1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

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2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

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Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

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