11 Jul 2019

Britain says Iran attempted to block its oil tanker

The United Kingdom on Thursday stated that a BP oil tanker sailing under the Isle of Man flag was almost denied passage through the Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman by thee Iranian vessels. The tanker was only able able to continue its journey

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09 Jul 2019

The Iran Crisis: How the Nuclear Deal Started to Unravel, and What’s Next

Recent announcements by the Iranian regime imply that the Iran nuclear deal framework may be beyond saving, four years after the agreement between China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, the European Union (EU) and Iran was announced, and one year after the US abandoned the agreement.

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08 Jul 2019

Iran: No more ‘deadlines’ to save nuclear deal

The remaining signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have 60 days to mitigate US sanctions on Iran before the latter will violate the accord for the third time, the country’s foreign ministry warned on Monday, adding that the September 5 deadline will be the last opportunity to save the

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05 Jul 2019

Iran threatens British shipping in retaliation for tanker seizure

Iran on Friday threatened to capture a British oil tanker unless the United Kingdom releases an Iranian tanker that was recently seized in Gibraltar by UK Marines. A day earlier, the Iranian government had summoned the British ambassador over the incident. Gibraltar said the vessel had been seized because it

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03 Jul 2019

‘Any amount we want’: Iran poised to increase uranium enrichment at higher levels

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned that unless European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal take urgent steps to significantly reduce the impact of United States sanction on Iran by Sunday 7 July, the country will begin to enrich uranium at higher levels than allowed under the agreement,

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02 Jul 2019

‘Seriously?’: Zarif mocks US, insists Iran has not violated deal

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday denied allegations by the United States that his country has been in violation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal from the very start. The US government on Monday stated “there is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating

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01 Jul 2019

Iran exceeds uranium caps set by nuclear deal, foreign minister says

Iran has exceeded the cap of 300kg for the amount of low-enriched uranium it is allowed to store under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the country’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announced on Monday. This means that Iran is in breach of the agreement, for the first time since it was

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05 Jun 2019

Xi worried as ‘extreme’ US pressure on Iran raises tensions

Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting Russia President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to discuss a strengthening of bilateral ties amid growing tensions between the United States on the one hand and China and Russia on the other. Before the visit, Xi criticized the US policy toward Iran, another country whose

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09 May 2019

Europeans reject “ultimatums” from Iran as it eases nuclear curbs

The European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have rejected a 60 day deadline for limiting the impact of US sanctions on Iran. Earlier this week, Iran said that it is scaling back some of the commitments it made under the deal and threatened to resume enriching high level

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08 May 2019

Iran rolls back pledges under nuclear pact abandoned by Washington

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani elaborated on his country’s recent announcement that it will scale back some of the commitments it made under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Rouhani stated that Iran will stop selling enriched uranium and heavy water to other countries, as a result of which the

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