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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 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 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'

Iran urges China, Russia 'concrete action' to save nuclear deal

May 17, 2019 - 10:26 PM

'Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. In this file photo, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with the Belgian foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Iran accuses U.S. of 'unacceptable' escalation in tensions

May 16, 2019 - 11:18 PM

'We exercise maximum restraint...in spite of the fact that the United States withdrew from JCPOA last May,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) walks to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on May 16, 2019. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/POOL/AFP

U.S. sends naval strike group as tensions rise with Iran

May 11, 2019 - 6:03 PM

'The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend US forces and interests in the region,' the Pentagon says

CARRIER. The Pentagon announced on May 10, 2019 that it is deploying the amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to bolster an aircraft carrier force sent to counter alleged threats from Iran. Photo by MC3 Chris Roys/Navy Office of Information/AFP

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

May 09, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urge Iran to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Iran's part in U.S. sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

INSTEX is seen as key to European Union efforts to preserve the deal struck in 2015 between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Abbas Araghchi (R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and the Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran at Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria on March 6, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Pence demands EU isolate Iran as Israelis, Arabs unite

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) US Vice President Mike Pence takes direct aim at allies Britain, France, and Germany, denouncing their new initiative to let European companies operate in Iran in defiance of unilateral US sanctions

ON IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech at the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appear ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seem ever more elusive

U.S. Iran sanctions move hits European companies

Nov 04, 2018 - 5:00 AM

European companies are wary of being caught out by the US sanctions regime

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/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

China, Russia denounce 'blackmail' as rift with U.S. exposed at UN

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:19 AM

The United States' relations with China and Russia continue to plummet amid President Donald Trump's accusations against the two countries

Israel PM lashes at Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Iran 'hasn't abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,' Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

IRAN DEAL. This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Iran's foreign minister: 'There will be no meeting' with U.S.

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif adds there are also no plans for a meeting with US officials on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month

IRAN FM ZARIF. In this file photo, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations April 23, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump predicts Iran talks 'pretty soon'

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Several Iranian public figures say it is impossible to imagine negotiations with Washington after it tore up the nuclear deal in May

'ANIMALS'? In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 25. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump says willing to meet with Iran leaders 'any time'

Jul 31, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Barely a week after warning Iran it would suffer untold 'consequences,' US President Donald Trump says he would meet the country's leader Hassan Rouhani 'any time' and without preconditions

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Duterte warns nations: Don't egg Iran to go to war

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also calls for 'sobriety' and 'cooler heads' to prevent a nuclear war

Iran talks aim to save nuclear deal after U.S. pullout

Jul 06, 2018 - 1:55 PM

But Iran's President Hassan Rouhani tells French President Emmanuel Macron that European economic measures now on offer does not go far enough

Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:52 PM

The tour, which also includes a stop in Austria, is part of Tehran's efforts to secure Europe's continued support for the landmark agreement aimed at preventing Iran from building the atomic bomb

ROUHANI IN SWITZERLAND. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) disembarks from an aircraft after his arrival at an airport in Kloten - Zurich Canton - on July 2, 2018, at the start of a two day official visit to Switzerland.  Photo by Ruben Sprich/AFP

Putin says 'all is not lost' to save Iran nuclear deal

May 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says: 'The US president is not closing the door on negotiations. I think that all is not yet lost.'

HOPEFUL. File photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo by AFP

Iran nuclear deal signatories meet for first time since U.S. pullout

May 25, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The 5 signatories still committed to the agreement have said they want Iran to stay in the deal

Merkel, Chinese premier defend Iran deal, free trade

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang show a united front on Iran and free trade during their meeting at the opulent Great Hall of the People in Beijing

IRAN DEAL & TRADE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 24, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Iran wary as EU presents measures to save nuclear deal

May 19, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'The ball is in the court of the EU. They have presented different proposals, we will see if they materialize,' Iran's atomic organization head says

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Washington seeks global 'coalition' against Iran regime

May 18, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The plan is to be detailed on Monday, May 21, by the top United States diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first major foreign policy address since taking office in April

WHITE HOUSE. The White House is pictured on January 19, 2013 in Washington DC. Americans kicked off Barack Obama's inauguration weekend Saturday with a day of service, with the president and his family volunteering their efforts in Washington. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran deal, trade

May 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This comes after EU president Donald Tusk lashed out at Donald Trump, saying that 'looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think with friends like that who needs enemies'

EU SUMMIT. A child plays by the Palace of Culture, where the summit beetwen the European Union - Balkan States will take place tomorrow, on May 16, 2018, in Sofia. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Iran foreign minister in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal

May 14, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Iranian state television Irib shows images of Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, saying he had arrived in Russia at 4 am (01:00 GMT) on Monday. A Russian foreign ministry spokesman confirms Zarif would meet Russia's Sergei Lavrov on Monday morning.

FOREIGN MINISTER. Iran Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with the Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

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May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

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Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Iran minister on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

May 12, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Beijing, Moscow and Brussels, holding meetings with all of the remaining parties to the 2015 agreement

DIPLOMATIC TOUR. In this file photo, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations April 23, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

U.S. says Iran nuclear inspections must continue

May 11, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Days after the US president walked away from a 3-year-old deal that mandated rigorous scrutiny of Iranian facilities, senior administration officials say monitoring should continue regardless

The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

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Iran says to discuss response to Trump with other parties

May 09, 2018 - 10:40 AM

Speaking on state television, President Hassan Rouhani describes US President Donald Trump's decision as 'an act of psychological warfare against Iran'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 8, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Trump withdraws from Iran deal, defying allies

May 09, 2018 - 3:18 AM

(UPDATED) Slapping aside more than a decade and a half of careful diplomacy by Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and past US administrations, Trump calls for a 'new and lasting deal'

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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Trump determines fate of Iran nuclear deal

May 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) Officials and diplomats expect the pugnacious US leader to ignore last-ditch European pleas and move to withdraw the United States from a 2015 agreement

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Iran envoy to UK warns it may scrap nuclear deal if U.S. withdraws

May 03, 2018 - 10:10 AM

'When the United States is out of the deal, it means that there is no deal left,' says Hamid Baeidinejad, the country's top envoy in London

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Netanyahu unveils Iran 'secret nuclear files' as U.S. approaches

May 01, 2018 - 1:24 PM

US President Donald Trump reiterates his aversion to the 'horrible' deal, highlighting provisions in the agreement restricting Iran's nuclear activities that begin expiring in 2025

PRESENTATION. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Iran's nuclear program at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Iran says U.S. 'unqualified' to play role in Korean detente

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:36 PM

'Iran's experience over 40 years, in particular with regard to the nuclear deal, is that the American government is not a dignified, trustworthy actor and does not respect its international commitments,' says Iran's foreign ministry

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Iran rejects new deal as France vows it will never get atomic weapons

Apr 26, 2018 - 2:11 PM

In their different ways, Europe, Iran and Russia are all seeking to convince US President Donald Trump not to abandon the landmark 2015 deal that curbed Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief

NEW IRAN DEAL? Iran's President Hassan Rouhani rejects any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran rejects any change to nuclear deal

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:20 PM

'We will not accept any changes, any interpretation or new measure aimed at limiting,' says Iran security council secretary Ali Shamkhani

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up nuclear weapons

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:56 PM

Iran's armed forces spokesman says US criticism of Iran's missile program was driven by 'their failures and defeats in the region'

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Moscow: Trump would make 'big mistake' by leaving Iran deal

Jan 13, 2018 - 11:58 PM

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said leaving the Iran deal could be one of Washington's "big foreign policy mistakes"

NUCLEAR DEAL. President Donald Trump earlier said the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal later this year unless the terms are changed. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran rejects any change to nuclear deal

Jan 13, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the 2015 nuclear deal could not be renegotiated

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF. Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reacts upon arrival for the third day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on February 19, 2017. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Trump issues stay of execution for Iran nuclear deal

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:04 AM

(UPDATED) The Republican leader grudgingly agrees to sign sanctions waivers, ensuring Washington will live up to its commitments for another 120 days, but he cautions it would be 'for the last time'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump decision looms over Iran deal as Europe watches

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:02 AM

European leaders queue to beg US President Donald Trump to renew the sanctions relief that Washington agreed to in the accord, which Trump has denounced as one of the worst of all time

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump argues his predecessor Barack Obama gave away too much to Iran in sanctions relief. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

EU sends chief diplomat to fight for Iran deal in Washington

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:46 PM

EU foreign ministers join a chorus of international support for the landmark 2015 accord, warning that Trump's hardline stance jeopardizes efforts to find a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis with North Korea

TO WASHINGTON. In this file photo, European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in a meeting in Paris, on August 28, 2017. Photo by ludovic Marin/ AFP

Trump tears into Iran, leaves nuclear deal hanging

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:00 PM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump rails against the 'Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world'

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the Family Research Council's 2017 Value Voters Summit on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kremlin warns U.S. against ditching Iran nuclear deal

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:50 PM

'This could seriously aggravate the situation around the Iranian nuclear dossier,' President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells journalists

DMITRY PESKOV. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013. File photo by Maxim Shemetov/AFP