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U.S. emphasizes diplomacy in standoff with Iran

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:22 AM

Ahead of the annual UN General Assembly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo puts aside threats of US military retaliation against Iran for the attack on a Saudi oil complex

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Community Summit on September 22, 2019 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photo by Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Iran turns to Asian allies for relief from U.S. sanctions

Aug 27, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's Asian tour starts in Beijing and includes stopovers in Japan and Malaysia

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - November 09, 2016: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the joint press conference with Foreign Minister of Romania, Lazar Comanescu.

Iran foreign minister in dramatic visit to G7 summit

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:12 PM

(UPDATED) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's presence is not announced and represents an attempt by French host Emmanuel Macron to find a way to soothe tensions between Iran and the US

ZARIF IN BIARRITZ. The airplane which carried Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands on the tarmac at the airport of the French seaside resort of Biarritz, south-west France, during the G7 summit in Biarritz, on August 25, 2019. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Iran says sanctions show U.S. 'afraid' of top diplomat

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The US Treasury says the sanctions will freeze any of Mohammad Javad Zarif’s assets in the United States or controlled by US entities, as well as squeeze his ability to function as a globe-trotting diplomat

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

Iran 'does not seek confrontation,' says foreign minister after tanker seizure

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says, it 'is very important for Boris Johnson as he enters 10 Downing Street to understand that Iran does not seek confrontation, that Iran wants normal relations based on mutual respect'

Gulf tensions rise as U.S. shoots down Iranian drone

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:52 AM

It is the first US military engagement with Iran following a series of increasingly serious incidents

(FILES) This US Navy file photo taken on March 7, 2016 shows the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) as it transits the East Sea during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016. The US military shot down an Iranian drone on July 18, 2019 that came within 1,000 yards of one of its naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, President Donald Trump said."The (USS) Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards," Trump announced at the White House.  Craig Z. Rodarte / US NAVY / AFP

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

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

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

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

Tehran says Trump's 'genocidal taunts won't end Iran'

May 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

'Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect – it works!' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif writes on Twitter

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Iran FM discounts prospect of war with U.S.

May 18, 2019 - 10:36 PM

US President Donald Trump 'does not want war but the people around him are pushing him towards war under the pretext of making America stronger against Iran,' adds Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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

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

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 Javad Zarif, public face of detente with West, resigns

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) 'I apologize for my inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my term in office,' Zarif says in a message posted on his verified Instagram account

RESIGNING? Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Zarif speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations April 23, 2018 in New York.  File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Iran takes aim at 'hateful' Pence comments

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US Vice President Mike Pence's comments against Iran 'are both ridiculous but at the same time very very dangerous'

Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army parade

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Islamic State claims to have carried out the rare assault in Ahvaz, while Iranian officials accuse 'a foreign regime' backed by the United States of being behind it

PARADE ATTACK. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows an Iranian soldier carrying an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP

Erdogan vows to defy U.S. 'threats' after currency crash

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Iran also slams Washington for its 'addiction to sanctions and bullying'

ERDOGAN. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on October 3, 2017. Photo by Adem Altan/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

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

Iran FM hopeful of forging 'clear future' for nuclear deal on diplomatic tour

May 13, 2018 - 11:28 PM

'If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured,' says Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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

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

Iran threatens to 'vigorously' resume enrichment if U.S. quits deal

Apr 22, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

TOP DIPLOMAT. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warns that Iran is ready to 'vigorously' resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches a 2015 nuclear deal. File photo by AFP   talks with Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Iran says U.S. nuclear policy brings world 'closer to annihilation'

Feb 04, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments come a day after the Pentagon revealed plans to revamp its nuclear arsenal

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

Trump speech violated Iran nuclear deal – Iran foreign minister

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Trump's virulent speech contravened 3 articles of the 2015 deal, Zarif said in televised remarks broadcast late, says Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

NUCLEAR DEAL. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US President Donald Trump violated the nuclear deal in a speech delivered on Friday, October 13. File photo by Saul Loeb/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

U.S., Iran meet as Trump threat looms over nuke deal

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:24 AM

(UPDATED) European ministers called the meeting to examine ways to save a deal that US President Trump is poised to denounce, but Tehran and Washington remain far apart

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

Iran turns wrath on US, Saudi as it mourns dead

Jun 09, 2017 - 9:38 PM

The intelligence ministry says 41 suspects were arrested in Tehran in the northwestern provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan and in West Azerbaijan near the borders with Iraq and Turkey

Iran's Zarif in rare visit to Qatar

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:38 PM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani discuss regional developments and bilateral relations

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

Iran minister tweets 'we'll never initiate war'

Feb 03, 2017 - 11:58 PM

We will never use our weapons against anyone except in self defense Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement the Iranian minister writes on Twitter

Trump travel ban 'great gift to extremists' – Iran FM

Jan 29, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Mohammad Javad Zarif: Collective discrimination aids terrorist recruitment by deepening fault lines exploited by extremist demagogues to swell their ranks

Yolanda Roa, a Latina Muslim, joins the protest to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bans certain immigration, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images/AFP

World leaders take stock of shock Trump win

Nov 09, 2016 - 5:55 PM

UPDATED Politicians from around the world offer both praise and cautious welcome to the new President elect Donald Trump

TRUMP. Republican presidential elect Donald Trump arrives for an election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

New Syria talks to open in Switzerland

Oct 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

With no let up in Syrian President Bashar al Assad s onslaught on eastern Aleppo the sides will look at how to revive the short lived ceasefire

NEW TALKS. Syrians walk over rubble following air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 12, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/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

World powers urge 'stability' in Turkey

Jul 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

3rd UPDATE A US defense official says the ongoing coup attempt is not affecting operations targeting ISIS

SUPPORT. People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey. Photos by Chris McGrath/Getty Images/AFP

EU foreign policy chief admits Iran deal difficulties

Apr 16, 2016 - 2:57 PM

UPDATED Federica Mogherini s comments underscore tension in Tehran over Iran s recent nuclear deal with world powers

IRAN VISIT. Iran's Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini give a joint press conference after a meeting on April 16, 2016 in the capital Tehran. Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran nuclear deal goes into force, sanctions lifted

Jan 17, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Implementation Day for the accord comes after the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA says its inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures agreed under the deal

NEW DAY. Iranian women walk in a street of the capital of Tehran, Iran, January 16, 2016. Abedin Takehenareh/EPA

Iran warns Saudi to stop 'adding fuel to fire'

Jan 06, 2016 - 11:47 PM

This trend of creating tension must stop says Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jafari (not pictured) in Tehran, Iran, January 6, 2016. Photo by EPA

Kerry: US, Russia and Iran 'agree to disagree' on Assad

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:33 AM

At the same time US Secretary of State John Kerry says senior US officials have been discussing deploying special forces in Syria for months

TOP DIPLOMAT. US Secretary of State John Kerry says he had 'agreed to disagree' with his Iranian and Russian counterparts on the fate of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. File photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AFP

Iran leader tells Rouhani 'some' world powers untrustworthy

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Bringing the talks to a close was a milestone Khamenei says but the agreement requires careful scrutiny before it is approved

In this file photo, next to a portrait of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, June 13, 2015. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iranians celebrate nuclear deal, hail Zarif as hero

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:26 AM

We are so happy The diplomacy worked

IT'S A DEAL! Iranians hold posters of Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as they celebrate in the street of Tehran, Iran, July 14, 2015, after nuclear talks between Iran and World powers ended in Vienna, Austria. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Rough ride ahead for Iran nuclear deal

Jul 14, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Getting the Iran nuclear deal unveiled was hard enough Now it must be approved implemented and then stuck to for years Get set for a bumpy ride experts warn

‘BUMPY RIDE.’ US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives from China, Iran, Britain, Germany, France, and the European Union at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria / Pool / AFP

John and Javad, the odd couple who struck the Iran deal

Jul 14, 2015 - 7:00 PM

While the two occasionally share a joke their relationship remains business like though tinged with obvious respect

JOHN AND JAVAD. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R), in New York, New York, USA, April 27, 2015. File photo by Jason DeCrow /EPA

Iran, major powers strike historic nuclear deal

Jul 14, 2015 - 2:34 PM

3rd UPDATE Major powers and Iran strike a historic deal aimed at ensuring Tehran does not acquire a nuclear bomb in return for relief from crippling sanctions

AT THE TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, EU Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service Helga Schmid, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's ambassador to IAEA Ali Akbar Salehi during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program, in Vienna, Austria, July 7, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Signs grow Iran nuclear deal in view at last

Jul 14, 2015 - 10:24 AM

The talks have stumbled on the exact timing and pace of sanctions relief and Iran s desire to have a UN conventional arms embargo lifte

ALL-NIGHTER. An exterior view of the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran continue, in Vienna, Austria, 14 July 2015. Herber Neubauer/EPA

Iran nuclear talks 'near the summit'

Jul 13, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Despite optimism early Sunday that a deal would be clinched during the day the talks looked set to run into Monday July 13 the latest in a string of deadlines in 16 days of talks in the Austrian capital

STAKEOUT. Journalists, television crews and photographers wait outside of the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna on July 12, 2015. Joe Klamar/AFP

Major powers turn the screws for Iran nuclear deal

Jul 09, 2015 - 3:17 PM

Despite pressure and almost two weeks of talks in the Austrian capital it is unclear whether an accord aimed at ending a 13 year standoff can be sewn up at all let alone in time

STORM CLOUDS AHEAD? An exterior view of the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran continue, Vienna, Austria, July 8, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

'Very, very, very tough' Iran talks extended

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:02 AM

Iran and the P5 1 group effectively give themselves until Friday July 10 to agree a deal by extending the terms of a 2013 interim accord under which Iran has been curtailing its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief

AT THE TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, EU Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service Helga Schmid, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's ambassador to IAEA Ali Akbar Salehi during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program, in Vienna, Austria, July 7, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Now is the time to strike Iran deal, Kerry warns

Jul 05, 2015 - 11:25 PM

Kerry stresses that after almost two years of negotiations and on the ninth day of these latest talks genuine progress has been made

MEETING. US Secretary of State John Kerry, (L), speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, (R) during a bilateral meeting on the nuclear discussions. EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI

Kerry, Zarif launch key nuclear talks in Geneva

May 30, 2015 - 5:59 PM

Kerry and Zarif arrive simultaneously on the first floor of a leading Geneva hotel in opposite elevators and greeted each other with smiles and a handshake

SECURITY FOR NUCLEAR TALKS. US security officers check John Kerry's car in front of the Intercontinental Hotel where US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of Nuclear Iran Talks at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Geneva, Switzerland, 30 May 2015. Laurent Gillieron/EPA