What we're watching: April 24 to Apr 30, 2017

♦ The meeting in Vienna Apr 25 of the multinational commission which oversees implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran deal. The Trump administration is in the midst of a review of Iran policy across the entire US government, arguing that the Iran deal only delays Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons and fails to address its sponsorship of terrorist operations. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Thomas Shannon, is reportedly to hold a bilateral meeting with the Iranian rep. Later this week, the Guardian Council in Tehran will announce its list of approved candidates for the presidential campaign which kicks off on Apr 28. The vote is scheduled for May 17.
♦ In New York, the UN Security Council will hold a meeting about North Korea on Apr 28. While not much should be expected of the meeting, you never know. It will be the first occasion when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in the US seat.
♦ While the world sorts through the implications for France and Europe of the Macron-Le Pen runoff presidential election in two weeks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will travel to London on Apr 26 to meet with Prime Minister May and her Brexit team.


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