02 Sep 2019

Iran says it will take ‘stronger step’ away from nuclear deal if Europe doesn’t act

Iran on Monday warned that it is ready to take a “stronger step” away from its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if the European signatories to the agreement don’t “show enough determination” to salvage the agreement that was abandoned by the US last year. The Iran has already

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30 Aug 2019

US Cyberattack Hurt Iran’s Ability to Target Oil Tankers, Officials Say

In June of this year, US security experts destroyed a database used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to plan attacks against international oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, US officials told The New York Times earlier this week. They claim the cyberattack significantly undermined the IRGC’s efforts to

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27 Aug 2019

Israel Appears to Attack Four Countries in Two Days, Bombing Iran’s Allies Across Middle East

Tensions in the Middle East have surged since last weekend as the result of Israeli attacks on targets in four different countries, all of them allied with Iran. While the Israeli military recently claimed strikes on targets in Syria and the Palestinian-administered Gaza Strip, it is also thought to be

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27 Aug 2019

Iran’s Rouhani rules out talks with U.S. until sanctions lifted

Iran is willing to hold talks with the United States, but only after Washington lifts all sanctions on the country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. Rouhani’s remarks were a response to US President Donald Trump’s Monday statement that he would meet with Rouhani to discuss a resolution to

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21 Aug 2019

Pompeo announces ‘countdown’ clock as Iran weapons embargo ends in 2020

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the United Nations to extend a weapons embargo on Iran that is set to expire in 2020, which will mark five years after the adoption of the Iran Nuclear Deal that was abandoned by the US last year. Pompeo said

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19 Aug 2019

Gibraltar rejects US demand to seize Iranian tanker

Gibraltar has denied a last-minute request by the US government to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month, stating that the US sanctions cited in the request do not apply in the European Union (EU). The vessel had been captured over suspicions

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15 Aug 2019

US bid to seize Iranian tanker halts its release from Gibraltar

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday submitted a last-minute request to the government of Gibraltar to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month. This move postpones a possible tanker swap between the UK and Iran, which seized a UK

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12 Aug 2019

US turning Gulf region into ‘tinderbox’: Iran’s Zarif

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday slammed a joint US-UK maritime security mission in the Persian Gulf. While the mission officially aims to ensure that international oil tankers can safely navigate through the Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz, Zarif said that “the region has become a matchbox

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09 Aug 2019

Iran’s cooperation with the Taliban could affect talks on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

As progress in the US-Taliban peace talks finally seems to bring the end of the war in Afghanistan within reach after 18 years, Iran has begun to be open about its cooperation with the Afghan insurgent group. This is far from self-evident, for in the past, Iran fiercely opposed the

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08 Aug 2019

US government warns of Iranian threats to commercial shipping, including GPS interference

Iran is responsible for GPS interference reported by multiple vessels in the Persian Gulf, the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration warned on Wednesday. The department also said that “unknown entities” in the area have been “claiming to be US or coalition warships” to international vessels. According to one US

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