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Iran to abandon more nuclear deal commitments on July 7

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:51 PM

'As of July 7, Iran will forcefully take the second step of reducing its commitments' to the nuclear deal, says Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council

SECURITY OFFICIAL. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran speaks during the first meeting of national security secretaries of Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Russia, in the Iranian capital Tehran on September 26, 2018. File photo by Atta Kenare/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

[ANALYSIS] Is Duterte ready to handle a looming Middle East crisis?

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:38 PM

The attack on two cargo ships in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 poses a grave problem for President Duterte, as the country risks getting entangled in a larger power play that could result in a major regional conflict

Iran denies being hit by U.S. cyberattack

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'No successful attack has been carried out by them, although they are making a lot of effort,' telecommunications minister Mohammad Javad Azarari Jahromi says

Iran and U.S. trade barbs ahead of new sanctions

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Both nations say they want to avoid going to war, but tensions are spiraling as a series of incidents, including attacks on tankers and the shooting down of a US drone by Iran in the Gulf, raise fears of an unintended slide towards conflict

TRADING BARBS. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the capital Tehran on June 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran reports previous incident with 'spy drone' in May

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a 'spy drone' widely used for carrying out military strikes entered Iranian airspace

UAE calls for talks to defuse US-Iran tensions

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The crisis in the Gulf region, UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said, 'requires collective attention, primarily to de-escalate and to find political solutions through dialogue and negotiations'

AFP file photo of Donald Trump

Trump vows new Iran sanctions, Tehran warns U.S. against attack

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:34 PM

'We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday, (June 24). I look forward to the day that sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again,' tweets US President Donald Trump

WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAN DEAL. US President Donald Trump announces his decision on the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington DC, on May 8, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. launched cyber attacks on Iran after drone shootdown – reports

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, reports the Washington Post

UNREST. Cars drive past mural painting along the wall of a building in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 22, 2019. Fear of a potential war and frustration over biting sanctions are high in Iran's capital, after a last-minute decision by the US to pull back from attacking the Islamic Republic. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Trump says will be Iran's 'best friend' if it renounces nuclear arms

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'We're not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon. When they agree to that, they're going to have a wealthy country," says US President Donald Trump

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran executes 'defense ministry contractor' over spying for CIA

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Iran news agency ISNA reports that Jalal Haji Zavar was convicted by the military court and was executed at an unspecified time

EXECUTED. Iran executes Jalal Haji Zavar. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Iran warns U.S. attack would imperil interests across Middle East

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:41 PM

'If the enemy – especially America and its allies in the region – make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America's interests lie, the region will be set on fire,' says Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, Iran military spokesman

PROTEST. The Organization of Iranian American Communities march to urge "recognition of the Iranian people's right for regime change," in front of the White House in Washington DC, on June 21, 2019. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

U.S. requests UN Security Council meeting on Iran – diplomats

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The meeting will deal with the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and the downing of a US reconnaissance drone

(FILES) A file picture taken on May 10, 2019 shows Iranian demonstrators gesturing around a mask depicting US President Donald Trump during a rally in Tehran. - Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on May 19, 2019, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Trump says he called off Iran strikes expected to kill 150

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Trump says the US was 'cocked & loaded to retaliate' on Thursday night, June 20, by hitting '3 different sites,' but that he scrapped the strikes just 10 minutes before they were carried out

TRUMP. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

Airlines halt Hormuz flights amid U.S.-Iran crisis

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The suspensions come after the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States issued a Notice to Airmen 'prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman'

STRAIT OF HORMUZ. A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran defiant over drone as Trump reportedly halts retaliatory strikes

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:49 PM

(UPDATED) Under pressure to respond to the high-stakes incident near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, US President Donald Trump issues orders for retaliatory strikes on a limited number of Iranian targets

ABBAS ARAGHCHI. Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) attends an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi city of Jeddah on January 21, 2016. File photo by AFP.

Macron sends senior diplomat to Iran to defuse U.S. tensions

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, holds 'high-level meetings' in Tehran, 'with the aim of contributing to the de-escalation of tensions in the region'

BONNE. This file photo shows Presidential diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne (R) stand in the court of the Elysee Palace, on May 24, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Iran says shot down U.S. drone over its territory

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident comes at a time of growing antagonism between Iran and the United States following two waves of still unexplained attacks on Gulf shipping

Iran 'categorically rejects' U.S. tanker attack allegations

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:06 PM

'Accusations levelled against Iran's armed forces and the published film with regards to the incident [that] happened to the vessels...are unsubstantiated,' says Defense Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami

TANKERS. This grab taken from a video released by the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows an Iranian navy patrol boat in the Gulf of Oman approaching the Japanese operated methanol tanker Kokuka Courageous and removing an unexploded mine. File photo from US Central Command/AFP

Trump's Pentagon nominee quits; Iran targets CIA network

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Foreign powers are watching the situation in the Middle East with growing concern as Tehran and Washington exchange warnings about an escalation in their conflict

QUITS. In this file photo taken on April 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump (right) is briefed by senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 3, 2019, including Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Iraq looking at options in case Gulf oil route cut – spokesman

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Lawmakers have also called for an emergency session with Iraq's ministers of oil, trade, planning and transport to 'prepare to confront the possible dangers'

TO PORT. This picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows tanker ships in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Iran sets 10-day countdown to surpass uranium stockpile limit

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:39 PM

(UPDATED) The move 'will be reversed once other parties live up to their commitments,' Iran's atomic energy organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi says

IRAN. Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press in the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran hints U.S. could be behind 'suspicious' tanker attacks

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Iran's Ali Larijani says the attacks 'seem to complement the economic sanctions against Iran considering that (the US) has not achieved any results from them'

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at an undisclosed location. AFP Photo/ HO/IRINN

British envoy denies Iran summons over tanker attacks claim

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'I asked for an urgent meeting with the Foreign Ministry yesterday and it was granted. No 'summons',' says Britain's ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at an undisclosed location. AFP Photo/ HO/IRINN

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks

Jun 16, 2019 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'We do not want a war in the region. But we won't hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty, our territorial integrity and our vital interests,' says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

TO PORT. This picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows tanker ships in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Tanker hit in Gulf attacks heads to port

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

The Japanese tanker's Tokyo-based operator Kokuka says the vessel is heading to port in the United Arab Emirates

ON FIRE. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at an undisclosed location. Handout photo by Irib TV/AFP

US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver – source

Jun 15, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Iranian energy imports are vital to Iraq, one of the world's hottest countries, which faces chronic blackouts that often leave homes without power for up to 20 hours a day

IRAQ ELECTRICITY. Iraq faces chronic blackouts that often leave homes without power for up to 20 hours a day. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iran denies tanker attacks as tensions soar

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) China has called for all sides to 'resolve the conflict through dialogue' as oil prices jumped, while the European Union and the United Nations have called for restraint

TANKERS. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at an undisclosed location. Handout photo by Irib TV/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

2 tankers catch fire after suspected Gulf of Oman attacks

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The mystery incident comes amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which has pointed the finger at Iran over tanker attacks in May

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at un undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRINN

Japan PM meets Rouhani on mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Japanese government officials say Shinzo Abe will not present Tehran with a list of demands, or deliver a message from Washington, but instead wants to play the role of neutral intermediary

RARE DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a welcoming ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in the capital Tehran on June 12, 2019. Photo by stringer/AFP

Japan's Abe in Tehran mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Shinzo Abe is expected to arrive in Tehran at around 1120 GMT (7:20 pm, Manila time) and go straight into talks with President Hassan Rouhani

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) waves to well-wishers upon his departure at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on June 12, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Iran warns over 'economic war' waged through U.S. sanctions

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'The only way to decrease tensions in the region is to stop the economic war,' says Mohammad Javad Zarif

ZARIF. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his German counterpart Heiko Maas give a joint press conference in the capital Tehran on June 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

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 ===

500 Iran restaurants shut down for breaking 'Islamic principles'

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Eleven are arrested in the crackdown on restaurants deemed by authorities to have allowed 'immoral acts' in their premises

Iran says new US sanctions show talks offer 'hollow'

Jun 08, 2019 - 4:07 PM

US President Donald Trump says he would be willing to reopen talks as long as Iran agrees to give up nuclear weapons

IRAN-US RELATIONS. Photo of Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

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 president rules out talks until U.S. acts 'normal'

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:24 PM

'The party that has left the negotiating table, the party that has trampled the pact must return to a normal' behavior, Hassan Rouhani says in a televised speech

TALKS WITH US. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. File photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran rejects U.S. Mideast peace plan at Quds Day rally

May 31, 2019 - 11:35 PM

During Quds Day commemorations, demonstrators burn US and Israeli flags and effigies of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

QUDS DAY. Iranians burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump during a parade marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Tehran on May 31, 2019. AFP photo

Saudi king calls on Gulf states to tackle Iran's 'criminal' acts

May 31, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Saudi Arabia, a staunch US ally, is hosting leaders from across the Arab and Muslim world for emergency Gulf and Arab summits and a meeting of heads of state from Islamic nations

This handout photo taken and released by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 31, 2019 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz addressing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held at al-Safa Royal Palace in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.  BANDAR AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Iran 'almost certainly' behind ship attacks off UAE – Bolton

May 29, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The new war of words comes on the eve of emergency Arab and Gulf summits called by Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia to discuss the standoff and ways to isolate Tehran

Iran-based social media scheme impersonated press

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A network of English-language social media accounts misrepresenting who was behind them was evidently orchestrated to promote Iranian political interests, says California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye

Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP


Iran says does not 'presently' believe in mediation with U.S.

May 28, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Spokesman Abbas Mousavi says Tehran 'does not feel any tension or [the possibility of] clashes' and says concerns have been 'created by others'

IRAN ON MEDIATION. Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran on May 28, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Dovish Trump says not targeting regime change in Iran

May 27, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also,' US President Donald Trump says

TRUMP IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump smiles during a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Pool/AFP

Iraq warns of 'danger of war' as Iranian foreign minister visits

May 26, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi pleads for the 'stability of the region and the upholding of the nuclear deal,' referring to a 2015 agreement between Iran and major powers

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) meets Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad on May 26, 2019.  SABAH ARAR / AFP

U.S. deploys new Middle East troops to counter Iran 'threat'

May 25, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The escalation of the US military presence follows a decision in early May to send an aircraft carrier strike force and B-52 bombers in a show of force in the region

MUSCLE. In this May 9, 2019, photo released by the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal. Photo by Darion Chanelle Triplett/Navy Office of Information/AFP

Iran says no talks with U.S. 'under any circumstances'

May 23, 2019 - 11:02 PM

(UPDATED) Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman of the Supreme National Security Council, says there has been an uptick in official delegations travelling to Tehran from various capitals, although 'most of them are coming on behalf of America'

U.S. fingers Iran on Gulf attacks but eases tone

May 22, 2019 - 12:20 AM

Top Trump officials appeared to be toning down weeks of fiery warnings to Iran before delivering a classified briefing to the full Congress

US-IRAN. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump delivering a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on January 8, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. lawmakers clash on Iran intelligence before briefing

May 21, 2019 - 8:11 AM

US lawmakers clash over intelligence on Iran, with a Trump ally accusing Tehran of provocations that could draw a military response

LINDSEY GRAHAM. US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks as US Attorney General William Barr prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP