Iran remains defiant. After the U.S. designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, the Iranian army released a statement condemning the move in a show of support for the IRGC. Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia to follow through on their commitments under the Iran nuclear deal and warned that Tehran’s patience may run out if they don’t. Iranian media also published an extensive list of Iran’s missile developments over the past year, including long-range ground-based cruise missiles – a not-so-subtle public reminder of Iran’s military capabilities. A spokesperson for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization also announced that Iran has started installation of 20 IR6 centrifuges.
Derailing an Afghan deal? The Afghan peace process appears to be advancing, with unofficial talks to be held between the Taliban and the Afghan government. But it seems some regional actors with a st