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EU calls Iran nuclear talks in bid to save deal

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Josep Borrell, the EU's diplomatic chief, says the so-called joint commission that oversees the deal and comprises representatives of all the countries involved will meet in February

IRAN DEAL. European Commission Vice-President in charge for High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Josep Borrell speaks during a conference at the 12th European Space Conference in Brussels on January 21, 2020. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

EU states launch process disputing Iran's nuclear compliance

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:18 AM

The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany say Iran has been progressively scaling back its commitments under the deal since May last year

IRAN'S AND NUCLEAR POWER. In this file photo taken on November 10, 2019 an Iranian flag flutters in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran nuclear deal hangs by thin thread

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Iran has not said it wants to quit the agreement, leaving some room for the deal's remaining parties to try to save it, according to analysts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. This file photo taken on July 14, 2015, shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving to the final plenary meeting of a nuclear deal at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/Pool/AFP

Iran to finalize new retreat from nuclear deal

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

A foreign ministry spokesman says 'some chances will be made'

A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on November 6, 2019, reportedly shows a truck carrying UF6 fuel leaving the Natanz nuclear power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan to the underground Fordo (Fordow) facility. - Iran's atomic energy agency said its Fordo (Fordow) plant would begin enriching uranium from midnight, in another step towards reducing the country's obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, sparking concern by some of the remaining parties to the troubled agreement. (Photo by - / Atomic Energy Organization of Iran / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

Quake strikes near Iran nuclear power plant

Dec 27, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Its reported epicenter is 45 kilometers east of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, on the southwest Gulf coast

China, Russia, Iran to hold joint naval drills

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:43 PM

China's foreign minister says the exercises are part of 'normal military cooperation' between the 3 countries

COOPERATION. File photo of Iranian political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Abbas Araghchi (2nd L), and Kazem Gharib Abadi (L) Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), arriving at a meeting of the Joint Commission on Iran's nuclear program (JCPOA) at EU Delegation to the International Organizations office in Vienna, Austria, on December 6, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Iran nuclear deal parties meet as accord nears collapse

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran are taking part in the meeting, which is the first time the 6 parties gather in this format since July

Iran says may 'reconsider' atomic watchdog commitments

Dec 01, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Iran warns they will reconsider if European parties trigger a dispute mechanism that could lead to sanctions

A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on November 6, 2019, reportedly shows a truck carrying UF6 fuel leaving the Natanz nuclear power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan to the underground Fordo (Fordow) facility. - Iran's atomic energy agency said its Fordo (Fordow) plant would begin enriching uranium from midnight, in another step towards reducing the country's obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, sparking concern by some of the remaining parties to the troubled agreement. (Photo by - / Atomic Energy Organization of Iran / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

Nuclear agency urges Iran to explain uranium particles at undeclared site

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says its inspectors had 'detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency'

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Iran now enriching uranium to 5%

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Irans' Atomic Organization says the country has the 'capacity to produce 5%, 20%, 60%, or any percentage' of enriched uranium

RISING PERCENTAGE. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation on November 9, 2019, shows spokesman for the organisation Behrouz Kamalvandi (2nd-R) speaking with journalists at the Fordo (Forwdow) Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, about 130 kilometres south of the capital Tehran. Photo from Atomic Energy Organization of Iran

Iran downs unidentified drone near Gulf coast – reports

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The unmanned aircraft is downed over Iranian territory with a domestically manufactured Mersad surface-to-air missile

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What is left of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal?

Nov 07, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Here's a look back at the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, as well as the setbacks that have occurred since

NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on November 6, 2019, reportedly shows a truck carrying UF6 fuel leaving the Natanz nuclear power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan to the underground Fordo (Fordow) facility. Handout photo by Atomic Energy Organization of Iran/AFP

Iran says to resume enrichment at underground plant

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The suspension of all enrichment at the Fordow plant in the mountains near the Shiite holy city of Qom was one of the restrictions on its nuclear activities that Iran accepted in return for the lifting of international sanctions

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on November 5, 2019, shows President Hassan Rouhani speaking during the opening of a factory in the capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Iran has also developed two new advanced centrifuges, one of which is undergoing testing, says Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran

ENRICHED URANIUM. Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi gives a joint press point with the commissioner of the European Commission in charge of Climate Action and Energy, in Brussels on November 26, 2018. File photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

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 to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. 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. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/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's Rouhani warns Macron of looming nuclear step

Sep 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Rouhani's chief of staff says the next step would be taken 'in the event Iran's demands are not met'

IRAN'S LEADER. In this file handout picture by the Iranian presidential office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the 'nuclear technology day' in Tehran on April 9, 2019. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

Trump ready to meet Iranian president in potential breakthrough

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'I knew everything he (Macron) was doing and I approved everything he was doing,' says US President Donald Trump, adding that the French president 'asked for my approval'

TRUMP ON IRAN. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight on June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/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 Europe 'obliged' to let it sell and ship oil

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Iran has been pushing the European parties to the deal – Britain, France, and Germany – to adhere to their commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal despite US pressure

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

Trump warns Iran sanctions will 'soon be increased substantially'

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:43 PM

'Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!' says President Donald Trump

IRAN SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

French envoy in Tehran talks for nuclear deal salvage bid

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Emmanuel Bonne's mission is 'to try and open the discussion space to avoid an uncontrolled escalation, or even an accident'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Ali Shamkhani (R), the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran meets with Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to the French president, in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

European powers urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:31 PM

The European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal say a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action's overseeing joint commission should be called 'urgently'

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 passes uranium enrichment cap set by endangered deal

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:19 PM

(UPDATED) The European Union says it is 'extremely concerned' by the development and calls on Iran to 'reverse all activities' inconsistent with its deal commitments

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 set to exceed nuclear deal uranium enrichment cap

Jul 07, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) Iran also threatens to abandon more commitments unless a solution is found with the remaining parties to the landmark 2015 agreement after Washington unilaterally pulled out

BREACH THRESHOLD. President Hassan Rouhani's order to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by an endangered nuclear deal would be implemented 'after the last technical details were sorted,' says Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran to bypass uranium enrichment maximum despite calls for rethink

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Iran is acting on its May 8 threat to suspend parts of the agreement in response to US President Donald Trump's reimposition of crippling sanctions after withdrawing from it in May last year

ROUHANI. A handout picture made available by the Iranian presidential office shows, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivering a speech during the 'nuclear technology day"'in Tehran on April 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

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

Trump: Iran 'playing with fire' after nuclear deal limit breached

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:34 AM

US president Donald Trump says: 'They know what they're doing. They know what they're playing with and I think they're playing with fire'

EXCEEDED. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on June 26, 2019 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) attending a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran says it exceeds enriched uranium stockpile limit

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'The Europeans' efforts were not enough, therefore Iran will go ahead with its announced measures,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

ZARIF. 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 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

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 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

U.S. is loser by abandoning Iran nuclear deal – Rouhani

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:42 PM

'Everyone knows that America has lost legally and politically by giving up on its international obligations and that we have achieved victory,' says Iran President Hassan Rouhani

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