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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04 Jul 2019

Iran could consider talks with US only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits: minister

Iran may be willing to negotiate with the United States, but only if the US ends its sanctions on Iran and Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approves of the talks, Iran’s intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Wednesday. The remarks contrast the Iranian regime’s recent insistence that by imposing

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04 Jul 2019

US ‘hell-bent’ on hostility despite talks, North Korea says

The North Korean delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday lashed out at the US, stating that the US government is “practically more and more hell-bent [on] hostile acts against the DPRK [North Korea]” and is “obsessed with sanctions”. The timing of the remarks is striking since both countries recently

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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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02 Jul 2019

Huawei sanctions relief draws criticism from US lawmakers

US President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested that his administration is willing to ease sanctions on Chinese tech giant Huawei. The move that was praised by chip makers, but came under fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Republican Senator Marco Rubio spoke of a “catastrophic mistake” by

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28 Jun 2019

With Iran nuclear deal on the brink, US vows to choke off Iranian oil sales

Iran on Friday warned that the Vienna meeting of the remaining signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal represents the last change to save the agreement, which was abandoned by the United States last year. Iran wants Europe to protect it from the impact of US sanctions on the country. In

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