11 Jan 2019

Iran says its rockets will send two satellites into orbit, despite US concerns

Iran is moving forward with plans to launch two new satellites using domestically-produced rockets, pushing through US accusations that such launches defy UN Security Council resolutions that calls on the country not to carry out operations related to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Iran insists that these launches and rockets built to

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14 Dec 2018

Iran hackers hunt nuclear workers, US targets

“As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of US-Iranian relations. The AP drew

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12 Dec 2018

Iran confirms test of ballistic missiles

“Iran on Tuesday confirmed it had conducted a missile test earlier in December, following criticism from Western powers, including Security Council members the US, France and Britain. ‘We confirm the recent test of our ballistic missiles,’ air force commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Amir Ali Hajizadeh said, according

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09 Nov 2018

US will push back at Iran activities in region, says US envoy to Syria

In addition to the sanctions regime and other diplomatic efforts to counter Iran, U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey has announced that it will also contest “more actively Iran’s activities particularly in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.” Isolating efforts against Iranian activity from Russian activity and others that work with it could prove

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28 Sep 2018

Netanyahu claims Israel has found Iran’s ‘secret atomic warehouse’

Speaking before the UN general assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted that Israel has identified a “secret atomic warehouse” in Iran that houses nuclear equipment and materials. Tehran has mocked the claims and it is uncertain that Netanyahu’s claims may be made substantive enough to prove a breach of

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07 Sep 2018

North Korea’s Kim sets denuclearization time line, prompting thanks from Trump

North Korea has announced a denuclearization time line for the first time, set for the end of President Donald Trump’s first term in 2020. Trump has lauded the announcement and declared that the U.S. and North Korea would “get it done together.” North and South Korean Presidents will meet in

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31 Aug 2018

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran ready to abandon nuclear deal

“Iran’s supreme leader warned the country might abandon its nuclear deal with world powers, casting doubt on the ability of European states to save the accord following the US withdrawal. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet on Wednesday they ‘should give up hope

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06 Aug 2018

Here are the Iran sanctions returning today

Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal by executive order included the reimposition of a number of sanctions on August 6th, while the remaining sanctions will return in the coming months. The sanctions to be re-instated today include Iran’s acquisition of gold, precious metals, and U.S. currency, as well as their

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06 Jun 2018

Iran develops new uranium enrichment capacity

Although the move does not violate the 2015 nuclear accord, Iran’s action sends a strong warning about the consequences of withdrawal. This move will assemble the parts necessary for centrifuges, but will not assemble them unless the deal collapses or until the end of the 10-year restriction embedded in the

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