04 Mar 2019

Iran’s Khamenei doubted Europe could help Tehran against U.S. sanctions

In a July 2018 speech to the Iranian cabinet, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the Iran nuclear deal and warned the government not to trust the European signatories to the agreement to help Iran overcome the financial barriers resulting from US sanctions on the country that were reimposed after

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26 Feb 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announces resignation on Instagram

The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, unexpectedly submitted his resignation to President Hassan Rouhani on Monday. Zarif did not immediately provide a reason for his resignation, but on his Instagram account he wrote: “I sincerely apologize for the incapacity to continue serving and all the shortcomings during the

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18 Feb 2019

Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered rather contrasting addresses at the recent Munich Security Conference. Whereas Merkel defended the Iran nuclear deal, of which her country is part, Pence once again urged Germany and other European allies to follow his government’s lead and withdraw from the arrangement.

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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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