US-Iran tensions - updates

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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 rules out direct U.S. talks

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:46 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says any dialogue with the US will have to fall within the framework of the group of major powers that agreed the landmark nuclear deal with Iran in 2015

US-IRAN TALKS. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses parliament in the capital Tehran on September 3, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran unveils homegrown missile defense system

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:51 PM

President Hassan Rouhani attends the unveiling ceremony for the mobile surface-to-air system and orders it to be added to Iran's missile defense network

HOMEGROWN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidential office shows Iranian-made air defense missile system Bavar 373 (believe in farsi) during a ceremony in Tehran on August 22, 2019. Photo by Handout/Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran says U.S. Gulf mission will 'increase insecurity'

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The US has been seeking to form a coalition whose mission – dubbed Operation Sentinel – it says is to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Gulf

IRAN ON US GULF MISSION. In this file photo, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami attends the VII Moscow Conference on International Security MCIS-2018 in Moscow on April 4, 2018. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Iran 'favors' talks despite Trump snub

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Iran favors talks and negotiations and, if the US really wants to talk, before anything else it should lift all sanctions,' says President Hassan Rouhani

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

Iran says U.S. acting alone as allies 'ashamed'

Aug 05, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also confirms he turned down an offer to meet President Donald Trump in July despite the threat of US sanctions against him

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF. In this file photo, 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 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

Russia tells Iran 'not to give in to emotions' in nuclear standoff

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia will do everything to help preserve the Iran nuclear accord

ON IRAN DEAL. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses in Moscow on October 31, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

China snubs U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports

Jun 29, 2019 - 12:13 AM

China's statement comes a day before US President Donald Trump is to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan in an attempt to resolve an escalating trade war

CHINA ON US SANCTIONS. Fu Cong, head of the Chinese delegation, talks to the press at the end of a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

Iran files complaint to U.N. over U.S. spy drone

Jun 29, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'The complaint states that Iran reserves the right to defend its airspace and confront any violation,' says Iranian deputy foreign minister Gholamhossein Dehghani

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Iran judges 'progress' made at nuclear meeting but 'still not enough'

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:10 PM

(UPDATED) Iran is on the verge of exceeding one of the limits on stockpiles of nuclear material foreseen under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

MEETING. Abbas Araghchi (C-R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (C-L), Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), 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 on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

Trump warns any conflict with Iran 'wouldn't last long'

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:15 AM

'Well, I hope we don't but we're in a very strong position if something should happen. We're in a very strong position. It wouldn't last very long, I can tell you that,' says Donald Trump

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

Iran 'never seeks war' with U.S., says Rouhani

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including [the] US,' state news agency IRNA quotes President Hassan Rouhani as saying

IRAN REACTS. President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States is the real 'leader of world terrorism' after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a 'foreign terrorist organization.' AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

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

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

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)

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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 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