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US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

The US Department of State added Harakat al Nujaba (HAN), or Movement of the Noble, an Iranian-supported Shiite militia which operates in both Iraq and Syria, and its leader, Akram ‘Abbas al Kaabi (or Kabi) to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. In the recent past, Kaabi has said he takes orders from […]

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Tehran: Iran launches cruise missile from sub during drill

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on Tehran: Iran launches cruise missile from sub during drill

Iran launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz, local media reported Sunday.

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Fortieth Anniversary of Iranian Revolution: How Iran became Islamic Republic

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Comments Off on Fortieth Anniversary of Iranian Revolution: How Iran became Islamic Republic

This February marks 40th anniversary of Iranian Revolution. 1979 Iranian Revolution—having overthrown the last king of Pahlavi dynasty Mohammed Reza Shah Pehlavi—had led to religious establishment. Iran became ‘Islamic Republic of Iran’. A lot is being talked about how ‘Islamic Republic’ has survived and lived a long period of forty years. There is no doubt […]

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Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida’s ‘Board of Directors’

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida’s ‘Board of Directors’

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of harboring what it said was “the board of directors of al-Qaida” and rejected charges Riyadh was behind last week’s suicide car bombing that killed against 27 personnel of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

What do scoundrels do, when caught red handed in their shenanigans? According to an old proverb they wrap themselves in a flag and seek refuge in patriotism.

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Challenges abound as the Islamic Republic turns 40

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Challenges abound as the Islamic Republic turns 40

This February marks the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic, but for those in power in Tehran, celebrating the victories of the past is easier than dealing with the problems of the present. Challenges abound on all sides. On the home front, the so-called moderates and hardliners will […]

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Iran Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

A suicide bomber killed at least 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and wounded 13 on a bus in a restive region of southeast Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. It was among the deadliest attacks in Iran in years.

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Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged With a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Comments Off on Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged With a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues

Indictment Unsealed as U.S. Treasury Department Announces Economic Sanctions. Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, a former U.S. service member and counterintelligence agent, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to deliver and delivering national

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Iran unveils underground ballistic missile plant for 1st time

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Comments Off on Iran unveils underground ballistic missile plant for 1st time

Iran has unveiled an underground plant manufacturing precision ballistic missiles for the Aerospace Division of its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Trump Says Wants To Keep U.S. Base In Iraq To ‘Watch Iran’

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Says Wants To Keep U.S. Base In Iraq To ‘Watch Iran’

President Donald Trump made clear in a television interview that he wants to reduce U.S. military engagement in Syria and Afghanistan, but said he was willing to keep a U.S. military base in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran.

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Iran unveils long-range Hoveyzeh cruise missile

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Comments Off on Iran unveils long-range Hoveyzeh cruise missile

Iran has unveiled a surface-to-surface missile with a range of more than 1,350 kilometers during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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Iran not to extend range of its missiles: Top security official

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Comments Off on Iran not to extend range of its missiles: Top security official

Iran has no scientific bottleneck to extend its missiles range but, according to its defense doctrine, the country is only focusing on improving the precision of its missiles and not on extending their ranges, said the secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran on Tuesday.

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Iran, EU to hold nuclear meeting, high-level talks in Brussels

Monday, November 26, 2018 Comments Off on Iran, EU to hold nuclear meeting, high-level talks in Brussels

Iran and the European Union plan to hold the third seminar on peaceful nuclear cooperation and the fourth round of high-level political talks in Brussels, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi says, Press TV reports. In a post on his Twitter account on Sunday, Araqchi said the two “important events” in relations […]

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China’s CNPC replacing France’s Total in SP gas project: Zanganeh

Monday, November 26, 2018 Comments Off on China’s CNPC replacing France’s Total in SP gas project: Zanganeh

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said China’s state-owned CNPC has officially replaced France’s Total in Iran’s multibillion-dollar South Pars gas project, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

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Zarif castigates the Western silence on gas attack in Aleppo

Monday, November 26, 2018 Comments Off on Zarif castigates the Western silence on gas attack in Aleppo

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif castigated the West for being silent toward chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo by terrorists. “Where is the West in condemning the chemical attack in Aleppo by terrorists?” Zarif wrote on his Tweeter page…Zarif said the West condemns chemical attacks only if it is allegedly used […]

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EU mechanism for Iran trade to be symbolically ready on Nov. 4: diplomats

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off on EU mechanism for Iran trade to be symbolically ready on Nov. 4: diplomats

A new European Union mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of U.S. sanctions hit, but it will not be operational until early next year, three diplomats said.The mechanism, a so-called special purpose vehicle (SPV), is designed to circumvent the sanctions, under which […]

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Iran wins another legal battle against U.S.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Iran wins another legal battle against U.S.

An Italian appeal court has rejected a lawsuit by the U.S. that called for the seizure of $5 billion worth of Iranian assets in Italy, in a second win for Tehran in its legal battle against the U.S. this month, IFP news reported.

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Iran urges intl. community to respond to U.S. unilateralism

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Iran urges intl. community to respond to U.S. unilateralism

Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, said on Tuesday the U.S. unilateralism is a “serious threat” to the world and suggested that a “swift” and “robust” reaction is needed by the international community to counter this policy.

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UN’s top court rules in favor of Iran, orders U.S. to lift sanctions

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Comments Off on UN’s top court rules in favor of Iran, orders U.S. to lift sanctions

The United Nation’s top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on “humanitarian” goods to Iran that President Donald Trump reimposed after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, The Daily Start reported.

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Serica, BP get temporary US OK to work on partly Iranian-owned UK project

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off on Serica, BP get temporary US OK to work on partly Iranian-owned UK project

Serica Energy said on Monday that the US Treasury had given temporary approval for certain US businesses to work on a British North Sea oil and gas field owned in part by Iran, which is targeted by US sanctions.

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Daesh would have reached Europe without Iran: senior MP

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off on Daesh would have reached Europe without Iran: senior MP

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said on Monday that Daesh would have reached the gates of Europe if it had not been for Iran’s fight against the group in Iraq and Syria. Falahatpisheh made the remarks as ambassadors from 27 European countries had a meeting with the MPs sitting on […]

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Iran says missile attack won’t impede Astana talks

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off on Iran says missile attack won’t impede Astana talks

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that Iran’s missile attacks on IS terrorists in Syria will not cause any impediment to the process of the Astana talks.Contacts and consultations among Iran, Russia and Turkey within the framework of the Astana talks will continue, he said in a press conference.

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South Korea boycotts Iran’s oil

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Comments Off on South Korea boycotts Iran’s oil

South Korea has stopped buying Iran’s oil, Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum confirmed on Sunday. “It is for three successive months that South Korea has not imported oil from Iran,” public relations of the ministry announced…Prior to the U.S. sanctions threat, Seoul imported 180,000 barrels per day of Iran’s crude oil, according to the report.

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Morocco Wants Strong Security Cooperation with US Against Iran

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Comments Off on Morocco Wants Strong Security Cooperation with US Against Iran

Following his meeting with Mike Pompeo, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met three US senators in Washington, D.C…The Moroccan official visited the US to discuss means to “end Iran’s support for terrorism and counter its malign influence in the region.”

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Iran-Iraq trade grew 30% in 5 months

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Comments Off on Iran-Iraq trade grew 30% in 5 months

The trade between Iran and its western neighbor Iraq has grown 30 percent during the first five months of the Iranian calendar year (March 21- August 22, 2018), director of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Al-e Es’haq told Mehr news agency in an interview published on Monday.

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‘Gradualism’ not proper approach to save nuclear deal, Salehi tells EU

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Comments Off on ‘Gradualism’ not proper approach to save nuclear deal, Salehi tells EU

Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Monday that “approach of gradualism” adopted by the European Union’s is not a proper way to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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IAEA chief confirms Iran JCPOA commitment

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off on IAEA chief confirms Iran JCPOA commitment

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano verified on Monday that Iran is living up to all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal. “Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna using the […]

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‘Europe to create banking system for ties with Iran’

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off on ‘Europe to create banking system for ties with Iran’

Chair of the European parliamentary group for relations with the Islamic Republic has said the European Union is looking to establish an independent financial system for banking relations with Iran. Janusz Lewandowski made the statement with Kazem Jalali, chairman of the Majlis research center, in Brussels on Saturday.

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Iran joins hand with Russia, Turkey to dump dollar in trade

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off on Iran joins hand with Russia, Turkey to dump dollar in trade

Iran has discussed trade in national currencies with Russia and Turkey in order to reduce the impact of U.S. dollar on the three countries’ trade and economies, ILNA reported on Saturday quoting Central bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati.

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Tehran, Moscow confer on nuclear deal

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off on Tehran, Moscow confer on nuclear deal

In a meeting in Tehran on Monday, high-ranking Iranian and Russian officials discussed issues related to the 2015 nuclear deal and ways to keep the internationally-backed agreement alive. The meeting was held between Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov.

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Zarif on Trump plan to chair UN council meeting: #chutzpah

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Comments Off on Zarif on Trump plan to chair UN council meeting: #chutzpah

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reacted strongly to Washington’s announcement that President Donald Trump is going to chair the upcoming UN Security Council and use the opportunity against Iran. “There’s only one UNSC resolution on Iran. .@realDonaldTrump is violating it & bullying others to do same. Now he plans to abuse presidency of […]

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Iraq hosts military chiefs from Iran, Russia and Syria

Monday, September 3, 2018 Comments Off on Iraq hosts military chiefs from Iran, Russia and Syria

Senior Iraqi military commanders hosted their Russian, Iranian, and Syrian counterparts in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss security cooperation and information-sharing in the Middle East, where Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group continues to carry out attacks.

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European inaction to save nuclear deal will bring about serious consequences, Kharrazi warns

Monday, September 3, 2018 Comments Off on European inaction to save nuclear deal will bring about serious consequences, Kharrazi warns

“Imposition of sanctions and pressure and Europe’s lack of immediate action to meet obligations under the JCPOA will have serious consequences,” Kharrazi said during a meeting with British Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt in Tehran. Kharrazi noted that there are many grounds for Iran and Britain to expand ties, however, he […]

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Ayatollah Khamenei: No war on horizon

Monday, September 3, 2018 Comments Off on Ayatollah Khamenei: No war on horizon

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that based on political calculations, there is no military war on horizon for Iran. Ayatollah Khamenei made the statement in a meeting with officials of the Khatam ul-Anbiya Air Defense Base.

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Rouhani to Trump: I have no precondition for talks, except U.S. compensate the past

Thursday, August 9, 2018 Comments Off on Rouhani to Trump: I have no precondition for talks, except U.S. compensate the past

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he has no precondition for talks with the U.S., except that Washington “compensate” the past damage that it has done to Iran. “America owes Iran both apologies and reparations for the meddling and damages he has been doing to Iran since 1953,” Rouhani told a televised program on Monday evening.

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