Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Tag Archives: Iran

Iran diplomat calls talks with UK minister ‘repetitive’

TEHRAN: A top Iranian diplomat expressed disappointment after meeting a minister from Britain’s Foreign Office amid escalating regional tensions, saying the talks were “repetitive”, state news agency IRNA reported. Minister of State for the Middle East Andrew Murrison had the “usual talking points”, said Kamal Kharazi, the head of the ...

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US approves, then cancels, Iran strikes after drone shot down

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump approved but then scrapped strikes against Iranian targets on Thursday, The New York Times reported, after Iran shot down a US drone in what the president termed a “big mistake.” The US was planning to hit “a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries” Thursday ...

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Iran says has shot down US drone over its territory

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it had shot down a US “spy drone” over its territory after it violated Iranian airspace, according to Iranian state television. “The US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force” in the country’s southern coastal province of Hormozgan, the Revolutionary Guard ...

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US envoy to Iran refuses to rule out military action

WASHINGTON: The Trump envoy to Iran dodged questions as to whether the White House would use Washington’s 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) to go to war with Iran without Congressional approval, but assured lawmakers that the president’s administration does not seek a full-fledged military confrontation with Tehran. ...

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UK warns of ‘great risk’ of escalation in Gulf

LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Sunday there was a “great risk” of escalation in the Gulf, adding that Washington wanted the situation to end in negotiations. A Japanese-owned tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, and a Norwegian-operated one, the Front Altair, were attacked on Thursday and left ablaze as they ...

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Abe flexes diplomatic muscle as he seeks to mend Iran-US standoff

TEHRAN: The purpose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran is twofold: to deliver a message aimed at easing US-Iran tensions, and also to ensure stability in Japan’s crude oil imports. Abe hopes his close relationship with US President Donald Trump and Japan’s diplomatic ties crafted with nations in ...

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US resident detained in Iran for years has been released

BEIRUT: US permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was imprisoned for years in Iran has been freed and is on his way back to his native Lebanon, an official in Beirut said. Nizar Zakka, held in Iran since 2015, was on a plane accompanied by the chief of Lebanon’s General ...

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Iran has accelerated enrichment of uranium, IAEA says

TEHRAN: Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension. Recent weeks have seen U.S.-Iranian confrontation sharply increase, a year after Washington abandoned ...

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Iran has no plans to leave OPEC despite tensions

GENEVA: Iran has no  plans to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries despite being treated like an enemy by some fellow members, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in an interview published. “Iran has no plans to leave OPEC…and regrets that some members of OPEC have turned this organization ...

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EU failed to rescue 2015 Nuclear Deal: Iran

TEHRAN: Earlier, the US Treasury Department imposed new Iran-related sanctions, targeting the country’s petrochemical sector, which includes a petrochemical holding with a vast network of subsidiaries and sales agents. Iran criticized the European signatories of its 2015 nuclear deal for failing to save the pact after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of ...

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