US President Biden, Saudi King Salman discuss end to Yemen war

Biden affirms US commitment to Saudi defence, calls for diplomacy in Yemen and praises release of rights activists. United States President Joe Biden spoke for the first time since becoming president with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday as the US prepares to release a report about the 2018 murder of […]

Iran and world powers hint at talks over nuclear deal

Tehran, Iran – Unofficial talks between Iran and world powers that signed an ailing 2015 nuclear deal appear to be the only way forward as neither side seems willing to take the first step. Iran says the United States, which in 2018 unilaterally abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), must first return to […]

Biden, Iraqi PM discuss recent rocket attacks in phone call

The Iraqi PM and the US president say those responsible for recent rocket attacks should be ‘held fully to account’. US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi have discussed recent rocket attacks on US-led coalition forces in the country, the White House has said, with both leaders saying those responsible should be […]

Protesters attack government building in Iran

Reports According to Iranian media, online video recordings reported that angry protesters stormed the governor’s office in southeastern Iran on Tuesday, killing at least two fuel smugglers on the Pakistani border a day later. ۔ Iran, which has one of the lowest fuel prices in the world, is battling widespread smuggling in neighboring countries, particularly […]

Can Biden cool tensions with Iran?

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Family of US citizens held in Iran press for their release

The families of United States citizens detained in Iran are pushing President Joe Biden’s administration to secure their release before talks about returning to a 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian authorities have arrested dozens of dual nationals and foreigners, including several US citizens, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights groups accuse Iran of trying […]

Iran could boost uranium enrichment to 60 percent: Khamenei

Remarks come as European powers, US in disagreement with Iran over how to restore nuclear deal. Tehran, Iran – Iran could boost its uranium enrichment to a purity of 60 percent if the country needs it, Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei said, upping the stakes in a standoff with the West over the country’s 2015 […]

Iran lawmakers call for president’s prosecution over IAEA deal

Tehran, Iran – Hardline Iranian lawmakers say an agreement reached recently between the government and the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog is “illegal” and the president must be punished for it. In a public vote on Monday, an overwhelming majority of lawmakers voted to send a report by the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on […]

South Korea agrees to partial release of blocked Iranian money

South Korea’s move comes after the US reversed two Trump-era moves against Iran. Tehran, Iran – South Korea has agreed to release “a part” of billions of dollars of Iranian money it had blocked in its banks for years because of United States sanctions. In a statement, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said South […]

IAEA, Iran agree temporary deal for inspections with less access

Nuclear watchdog says Iran will begin offering its inspectors ‘less access’ but still allow agency to monitor atomic programme for up to three months. The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has said the agency reached an agreement with Iran to continue its “necessary” verification and monitoring activities for up to three months, but […]

IAEA, Iran agree temporary deal for inspections with less access

Nuclear watchdog says Iran will begin offering its inspectors ‘less access’ but still allow agency to monitor atomic programme for up to three months. The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has said the agency reached an agreement with Iran to continue its “necessary” verification and monitoring activities for up to three months, but […]

US sanctions inflicted $1 trillion damage on Iran’s economy: FM

Tehran, Iran – Unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States has inflicted $1 trillion worth of damage on Iran’s economy and Tehran expects compensation, its foreign minister said. Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday after the US takes action to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers through lifting sanctions, Tehran will want to […]

Iran: Results suggest primary COVID vaccine 90 percent effective

Iran says its first locally manufactured vaccine has exhibited better-than-expected results in preliminary testing. Tehran, Iran – Iran has said its primary vaccine candidate against COVID-19 is 90 percent effective based on preliminary results. Mohamad Reza Salehi, who heads clinical trials for COVIran Barekat, told the government-funded Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that immunogenicity tests […]

Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

After a rocket attack that killed an American contractor in December 2019, the United States blamed Kataib Hezbollah, and bombed five of its bases. That led to a siege at the U.S. Embassy, where protesters trapped diplomats inside the sprawling compound for two days and, in turn, prompted Mr. Trump to order a military strike […]

US offers to restart talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Blinken, joined by European powers, says US will engage in nuclear talks if Tehran first returns to full compliance. The United States has said it was ready to restart talks with Iran to revive a 2015 nuclear agreement, reversing former President Donald Trump’s decision to walk out of the landmark deal […]

West urges Iran to return to ‘full compliance’ with nuclear deal

Top European and US officials urge Iran to keep allowing UN nuclear inspections to salvage 2015 deal with world powers. European powers and the United States on Thursday warned Iran it would be “dangerous” to carry out a threatened limit to UN nuclear agency inspections, adding Tehran must return to full compliance with the 2015 […]

They Thought, Why Not Iran? The Decision Upended Their Lives.

At least three other American citizens of Iranian descent have been held in Iran for years. “In the past decade, Iran has frequently pursued its foreign policy goals through detention and hostage taking of dual nationals. This latest imprisonment of Emad Shargi is consistent with this track record,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the director of the […]

Top EU, US diplomats to discuss reviving 2015 Iran nuclear deal

Top diplomats from European powers and the United States will hold talks to see how to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, days ahead of a deadline set by Tehran that could hinder these efforts. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will host his German and British counterparts in Paris on Thursday, with new US […]

Bolton: Iran has never abandoned Idea of acquiring nuclear capability

Author:  article author:  ALI YOUNES Thu, 2021-02-18 04:34 ATLANTA: John Bolton, former US President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, said on Wednesday that while a return to the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a priority for the Biden administration, he doubts the sincerity of Tehran’s promises not to pursue the development of nuclear weapons. […]

‘Positive signals’ needed to save JCPOA, Merkel tells Rouhani

German chancellor calls for diplomatic solution to nuclear dispute during phone call with Iranian president, who insists only way forward is for the US to revoke ‘inhumane’ sanctions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Iran to take steps ensuring its return to full compliance to a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, in a rare phone […]

Khamenei: Iran will only accept action, not talk, on nuclear deal

Iran and the US insist the other side must return to full compliance under the landmark nuclear deal. Tehran, Iran – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran will only accept and react to positive action by other parties to its 2015 nuclear deal as it has seen promises broken before. Khamenei said during a […]

UN condemns ‘reckless’ Iraq rocket attack as US weighs response

The United Nations has warned tensions in Iraq could escalate after a rocket attack killed a foreign contractor for the US military and wounded at least 14 others in Erbil.The raid  was condemned by the United States and its European allies. The attack in the Kurdish regional capital of northern Iraq late on Monday was […]

Iran to curb cooperation with nuclear watchdog inspectors

Iran informed the agency it would stop implementing ‘voluntary transparency measures’ under the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it plans to halt snap nuclear inspections outside of its declared sites as of February 23, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said. Iran informed the IAEA that it “will […]