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Iran's Khamenei ordered truth be told over downed airliner – report

Jan 11, 2020 - 5:46 PM

Fars News Agency says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that the outcome of investigations 'be made known to the people explicitly and honestly'

(FILES) A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him addressing a meeting in Teharn on January 8, 2020. Photo by HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE / AFP

Soleimani killing offers chance for Iran rulers to rally popular support

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:55 AM

There has been a genuine outpouring of emotion and anti-American sentiment among Iranians

PROTEST. Iranians march on January 5, 2020 in the streets of the northwestern city of Ahvaz to pay homage to top general Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. Photo by Hossein Mersadi/Fars news/AFP

Khamenei adviser says Iran response to U.S. to be military – CNN

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:58 PM

Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan says 'the response for sure will be military and against military sites'

Pompeo accuses Iran of suppressing protest memorials

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accuses Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of stopping the public from mourning the killed protesters

US-IRAN RELATIONS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slams Iran for attempting to stop the memorials for the killed protesters. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/POOL/AFP

Khamenei orders Iran unrest victims treated as 'martyrs'

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that families whose loved ones 'lost their lives in any way during the demonstrations' will be 'paid their blood money as restitution'

'MARTYRS.' Iran's supreme leader has agreed that people killed in nationwide unrest last month who had no role in fomenting it should be treated as 'martyrs' with their families compensated. Photo by AFP

Iran leader backs petrol price hike that sparked deadly unrest

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:08 PM

40 'disruptors' are arrested in the central city of Yazd after clashing with police

OIL PRICE HIKE. Iranian protesters rally amid burning tires during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan on November 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

Iran's Khamenei rules out talks with United States

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that 'those who see negotiations with the US as the solution to every problem are certainly mistaken'

A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. (Photo by STRINGER / Iranian Supreme Leader's Website / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Iran leader says Europe untrustworthy, condemns 'hostility'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks follow a failed European push to arrange a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

SUPREME LEADER. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. File photo by Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

Iran leader rules out U.S. talks as tensions rise over Saudi attacks

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the US has adopted a policy of 'maximum pressure' on Iran because it believes it cannot bring the Islamic republic to its knees through other means

NO DEALS? A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. Handout photo from Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/AFP

Iran says new U.S. sanctions show talk offers hollow, block diplomacy

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says that the new sanctions meant 'permanent closure of the path to diplomacy with Trump's desperate government'

IRAN SANCTIONS. US President Donald Trump signs with US Vice President Mike Pence(R) and US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin at the White House on June 24, 2019, 'hard-hitting sanctions' on Iran's supreme leader. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. hits Iran's supreme leader Khamenei with sanctions

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran,' Donald Trump says as he signs the order in the Oval Office. 'Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.'

IRAN SANCTIONS. US President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order for sanctions on Iran's supreme leader in the Oval Office of the White House on June 24, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Iran leader rejects Trump talks despite Japan PM's mission

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) Iran 'has no trust in America and will not in any way repeat the bitter experience of the previous negotiations with America,' says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

ABE IN IRAN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office shows, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran on June 13, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

Iran leader pardons 691 on Eid'l Fitr, but Lebanese excluded

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Lebanese national Nizar Zakka is accused of having 'deep ties to military and intelligence services of the United States'

A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office on June 5, 2019 shows the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holding a rifle as he delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during prayers at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

Iran leader condemns U.S. Mideast plan as 'great betrayal'

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Washington is gearing up to roll out economic aspects of its long-awaited plan for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians at a conference in Bahrain

IRAN LEADER. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office on June 5, 2019 shows the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holding a rifle as he delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during prayers at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

Iran leader calls on Iraq to demand U.S. withdraw troops

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'Wherever they (US troops) have had an enduring presence, forcing them out has become problematic,' Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tells Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

American trainers take a break as they train Iraqi soldier on approaching and clearing buildings at the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and US troops and is located north of the capital Baghdad, on January 7, 2015. Taji is one of an eventual five sites from which the US and allied countries aim to train 5,000 Iraqi military personnel every six to eight weeks for combat against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. AFP/ PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

Death toll in 'unprecedented' Iran floods rises to 21

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:37 PM

With 20 of Iran's 31 provinces experiencing floods or facing an imminent threat, the country's National Crisis Management Committee is activated at the cabinet level

IRAN FLOODS. An image made available by Iran's Mehr News agency on March 25, 2019, shows cars piling up in a street in the southern city of Shiraz. Photo by Amin Berenjkar/ Mehr News/AFP

Iran president keeps FM Zarif in post

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'I believe your resignation is against the country's interests and do not approve it,' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani writes in a letter to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran's Khamenei says some U.S. officials are 'first-class idiots'

Jan 09, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'Some US officials pretend that they are mad. Of course, I don't agree with that, but they are first-class idiots,' says Iran's supreme leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

Trump has 'disgraced' U.S. prestige – Iran's Khamenei

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) A defiant Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses the renewed US sanctions – including an oil embargo – that will take effect on Monday, November 5

RENEWED SANCTIONS. Washington's reimposed sanctions to Tehran is set to take effect November 5. Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The arrests come after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved a request from the head of the judiciary to set up special revolutionary courts to try people for economic crimes

Pro-government demonstrators hold posters of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a march in Iran's holy city of Qom, 130 kilometres south of Tehran on January 3, 2018, as tens of thousands gathered across Iran in a massive show of strength for the Islamic rulers after days of deadly unrest. Photo by Mohammad Ali Marizad/AFP

Khamenei blames Iran's 'enemies' for unrest

Jan 02, 2018 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) The estimated death toll is now 21 since protests began in second city Mashhad and quickly spread to become the biggest challenge to the Islamic regime since mass demonstrations in 2009

OUTNUMBERED. Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Photo from Stringer / AFP

Iran leader shrugs off ISIS attacks in Tehran

Jun 08, 2017 - 12:39 PM

The 6 attackers struck at Iran s most potent symbols: its parliament complex in central Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who led the 1979 Islamic revolution

TO SAFETY. Iranian policemen evacuate a child from the parliament building in Tehran on June 7, 2017 during an attack on the complex. Omid Vahabzadeh/Fars News/AFP

Thousands throng funeral of Iran ex-president Rafsanjani

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:56 PM

Tehran city officials estimate that at least 2 1 2 million people took to the streets to bid farewell which would make it the largest funeral attendance since the death of the Islamic revolution s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989

Iranians gather around a hearse carrying the coffin of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his funeral ceremony in the capital Tehran, on January 10, 2017. Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran mourns 'sheikh of moderation' Rafsanjani

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:31 AM

Tributes poured in for the moderate cleric including from President Hassan Rouhani who was reportedly at Rafsanjani s bedside before he died of a heart attack aged 82

Mourners gather around the coffin of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during a mourning ceremony at the Jamaran mosque in Tehran, on January 9, 2017. Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran says it will respond to U.S. sanctions renewal

Dec 02, 2016 - 5:46 PM

As repeatedly stated by high ranking Iranian officials the recent bill passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate to renew sanctions against Iran is against the nuclear deal foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi says

Saudi king rejects mixing hajj with politics

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:02 AM

Among its concerns Riyadh said Tehran had demanded the right to organize demonstrations

An aerial view shows of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circling around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj

Sep 07, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Iranian and Saudi officials are in an increasingly bitter war of words over Iran s exclusion from this year s hajj pilgrimage

A general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Iran's Khamenei blasts Saudi management of holy sites

Sep 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

Iran s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accuses Saudi Arabia s ruling family who are the custodians of Islam s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina of politicizing the annual hajj pilgrimage

Muslims from all around the world walk around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca on June 8, 2016, during the holy month of Ramadan. Badar Aldandani/AFP

Iran starts voting in parliament election run-offs

Apr 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Iran s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged strong turnout and has said that the voting on Friday April 29 is no less important than the first round

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, an Iranian woman fills in her ballot paper in the last minutes of voting in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Iran, February 26, 2016. File photo by Abedin Taherkenareh /EPA

Obama says world should carry out its end of Iran nuclear deal

Apr 02, 2016 - 8:30 AM

But this month Iran s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Washington of failing to respect the terms of the agreement

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Barack Obama holds a news conference to close the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, USA, April 1, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Iran elections: What it means

Mar 01, 2016 - 11:56 AM

Elections in Iran have led to a reshaping of political forces in the Islamic republic and benefited President Hassan Rouhani following a nuclear deal with world powers last summer

Iranian women search through the candidate list, as they wait to vote in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Iran, February 26, 2016. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran's Rouhani secures more moderate parliament

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:56 AM

Final results show the vote being split 3 ways between Rouhani s reformist and moderate allies conservatives and independents a result that gives the president more leverage to bring about domestic change

DECIDING HER FUTURE. An Iranian woman fills in her ballot paper in the last minutes of voting in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Iran, February 26, 2016. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran's Khamenei warns against US 'deceit' in nuclear deal

Jan 19, 2016 - 10:03 PM

UPDATED In his first comments since the agreement was implemented Khamenei stresses in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani the need to guard against deceit and violations of arrogant states particularly the United States

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Next to the pictures of Iranian late supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollh Khomeini (Top-L) and Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Top-R), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, August 29, 2015. File Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

France strikes ISIS targets as Syria diplomacy hits 'high gear'

Nov 24, 2015 - 7:44 AM

France launches the first air strikes from its aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean as global efforts to combat the Islamic State ISIS group gathered pace and world leaders met for talks on the Syrian conflict

PREPPING TO STRIKE. French navy engineers install a missile on a French Rafale fighter aircraft aboard the French Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier, on November 23, 2015 at the eastern Mediterranean sea. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Iran's Khamenei demands Saudi apology for hajj deaths

Sep 27, 2015 - 4:27 PM

Iranian leaders are fiercely critical of Saudi authorities handling of safety at the hajj and question whether Riyadh is fit to continue organizing the annual pilgrimage

IRAN CALLS FOR SAUDI APOLOGY. An aerial view of the Masjid al-Haram holy mosque and the cranes surrounding it, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 25 September 2015. Photo by Amel Pain/EPA

Obama rebuffs critics of Iran nuclear pact

Jul 18, 2015 - 7:14 PM

I welcome all scrutiny I fear no questions As Commander in Chief I make no apology for keeping this country safe and secure – US President Barack Obama

Deadline in doubt in Iran talks final act

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:51 AM

Both sides say on the eve of a deadline that yet more time might be needed to strike a deal

NEGOTIATING TABLE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2-L), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (4-L), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (6-L), European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5-R), British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (4-R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2-R) during a photo opportunity at the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program continue, in Vienna, Austria, 06 July 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran nuclear talks enter 'critical phase'

Jun 28, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Iran s deputy negotiator Abbas Araghchi suggested parts of a framework deal reached in April in Lausanne could no longer be applied because other countries had changed their positions

NEGOTIATING TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran, in Vienna, Austria, June 27, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran leader restates red lines on nuclear deal

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who will have the last word for Iran in its talks with the West steps in hours after Iran s parliament passes a bill on the country s nuclear program

LOOMING LARGE. In front of the huge poster of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatolah Ali Khamenei, Iran's president Hassan Rowhani delivers his speech on the occasion of the 26th death anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at the shrine for Khomeini in southern Tehran, Iran, June 3, 2015. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran nuclear talks snag on access to military sites

May 30, 2015 - 2:59 PM

The 6 powers negotiating with Iran want the IAEA to be able to visit them in order to investigate claims of any suspicious activity – past and future – that could indicate attempts to build a bomb

IRAN PROTEST. Iranians brun mock US and Israeli flags during a demonstration after weekly Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, May 29 2015. Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/ EPA

Tricky drafting of Iran nuclear deal to begin

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:29 PM

The accord if completed and implemented would draw to a close a crisis that has been steadily and dangerously escalating since Iran s nuclear program was first revealed some 12 years ago

A file photograph showing an general view of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, on 20 August 2010. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran's Khamenei says no guarantee of final nuclear deal

Apr 09, 2015 - 11:19 PM

UPDATED And President Hassan Rouhani adds that Iran will not sign any final agreement unless all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the same day

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greeting Iranian army air force officers during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, 08 February 2015. Handout/Iranian Supreme Leader's website/EPA

Iran says nuclear deal will open 'new page' with world

Apr 04, 2015 - 2:23 AM

Iranian President Rouhani If the other side honors its promises we will honour our promises

Crowd hails Iranian nuclear negotiators on return to Tehran

Apr 04, 2015 - 1:06 AM

This set of solutions will be the basis for writing a final document Zarif said in the airport

Iran's Khamenei: no nuclear deal better than bad one

Feb 09, 2015 - 8:58 AM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei s comments come after US Secretary of State John Kerry met Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Germany to ratchet up efforts for a lasting nuclear accord

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greeting Iranian army air force officers during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, 08 February 2015. Handout/Iranian Supreme Leader's website/EPA

Iran leader airs doubts over US in nuclear talks

Jan 07, 2015 - 11:02 PM

The Islamic republic s top diplomats have been negotiating with Washington for around two years first in secret and openly since autumn 2013 to end a dispute over its controversial nuclear program

In this file photo, representatives of the Iranian government discuss their nuclear program with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo from EPA

Iran's Rouhani squeezed over nuclear talks extension

Nov 25, 2014 - 11:54 PM

The extension of the talks is debated in parliament where the judgment of Rouhani is also scrutinized

A file photograph dated 15 January 2011 shows a general view of the Iran's heavy water reactor in the city of Arak, Iran. File Photo by Hamid Forutan/EPA

US, Iran seek nuclear breakthrough as deadline nears

Nov 09, 2014 - 6:38 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran s Mohammad Javad Zarif even before both countries will seal a deal over a nuclear program settlement

In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Vienna, Austria, 15 October 2014. Carolyn Kaster/Pool/EPA

US, Iran seek nuclear breakthrough amid domestic pressures

Nov 09, 2014 - 10:28 AM

At issue is the number of uranium enriching centrifuges Iran should be allowed to keep spinning But domestic politics now hang heavily over the talks

Iran has 'role' in fighting ISIS militants: Kerry

Sep 20, 2014 - 9:02 PM

In combating the jihadist threat US Secretary of State John Kerry says there is a role for nearly every country to play including Iran

FIGHT VS ISIS US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Islamic State (IS) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, September 17, 2014. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA