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Iran hits back at US sanctions threat after arms embargo expiry

Tehran, Iran – Tehran has hit back at a US threat of sanctions on anyone looking to make deals with Iran after the arms embargo on its military expired, saying Washington’s threats show the futility of US action and rhetoric on sanctions. After a long-standing conventional arms embargo on Iran ended on Sunday despite Washington’s […]

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Iran slams new allegations against arrested diplomat in Belgium

Tehran, Iran – Iran says allegations that an Iranian diplomat held in Belgium over an alleged bomb plot threatened authorities with retaliation if found guilty are completely false and an attempt at steering the case in a pre-determined direction. Last week, Reuters news agency published a report claiming that Vienna-based Assadolah Assadi, who was charged […]

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Iran hits back at ‘delirious’ Saudi after King Salman’s UN speech

Iran has slammed Saudi Arabia’s “delirious talk” as it hit back at a damning speech by the kingdom’s ruler during an annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations. During a video statement on Wednesday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz called on the 193-member UN General Assembly for a comprehensive solution to Riyadh’s archenemy and […]

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North Korean defector lifts lid on brutal slums and ‘dead bodies on street’

A brave North Korean defector has spoken out on life inside the Hermit Kingdom – where she witnessed "dead bodies in the street". Yeonmi Park, 26, fled the communist country for the UK to escape its "oppression and complete darkness". She said she saw corpses on the streets, and insists it is unlike any other […]

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In rare talks, Iran and UAE foreign ministers discuss COVID-19

Iran’s Zarif hails ‘substantive, frank and friendly’ discussion on virus and ”bilateral, regional and global’ issues. The foreign ministers of longstanding regional foes Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have held rare talks on several bilateral and regional issues, including the outbreak of coronavirus in the Middle East. In a video call on Sunday […]

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Iranian commander says Tehran's approach to UAE will change after Israel deal

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s approach to the United Arab Emirates will change, the country’s armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri was quoted as saying on Sunday, after a deal between the Arab state and Tehran’s arch foe Israel on normalising ties. “Tehran’s approach to the UAE will change … If something happens […]


U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook stepping down as key U.N. arms embargo vote looms

(Reuters) – Top U.S. envoy for Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Venezuela, will add Iran to his role “following a transition period” with Hook, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. Hook’s surprise departure comes at a critical time when Washington has been […]

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Ukraine, Iran conclude first-round talks on plane downing damages

Ukraine says the Kyiv negotiation with Iran was ‘constructive’ as the two sides agree on the terms of next round. Ukraine has said its first round of talks with Iran held in Kyiv about the downing of a Ukrainian airliner in January had been “constructive”, but he said it was too early to say how […]

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Iran fires ballistic missiles at mock-up of US aircraft carrier in Gulf

Iran has launched ballistic missiles from underground bases at a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier in the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz, Iranian state television has said. The US navy called Wednesday’s action “irresponsible and reckless”, accusing Tehran of trying to “intimidate and coerce”. Drone footage captured by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard showed two missiles […]

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Preliminary analysis of data from downed Ukraine jet is done: Canada

OTTAWA (Reuters) – An international team examining the black boxes from a Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran has completed preliminary analysis of the data in France, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. “The work in Paris is finished, but the investigation is far from over. There are still many key questions that […]