• White House responsible for crimes against Iran: Rouhani
    TEHRAN, SEPTEMBER 27 (IANS): Irans President Hassan Rouhani has slammed the US over imposing "inhumane" sanctions, saying the White House is responsible for all the "hostile measures and crimes" against Tehran. Rouhani made the remarks on Saturday during a meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Covid-19 pandemic here, reports Press TV. "The Americans stopped the entry of medicine and food to our country through illegal and inhu
  • U.S. to announce more Iran sanctions on Thursday, top envoy says
    WASHINGTON, September 24 (Reuters): The United States will slap new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and entities including a judge who sentenced Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari to death, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams told a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. Navid Afkari was executed earlier this month after being convicted of stabbing a security guard to death during anti-government protests in 2018, Iran
  • Iran's Rouhani says U.S. faces defeat in bid to reimpose U.N. sanctions
    DUBAI, September 20 (Reuters): The United States faces defeat in its move to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, as Washington declared all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been restored. "America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move ... It faced defeat and negative response from the international community," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "We will never yield to U.S. pressure and Iran will give a
  • Britain, France, Germany say UN sanctions relief for Iran to continue beyond September 20
    UNITED NATIONS, September 19 (Reuters): Britain, France and Germany told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran - agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal - would continue beyond September 20, when the United States asserts that all the measures should be reimposed. In a letter to the 15-member body, seen by Reuters, the three European parties to the nuclear deal and long-time U.S. allies said any decision or action taken to reimpose U.N. sanctions &quo
  • Explainer: US says UN sanctions on Iran to be reimposed Saturday. What does that mean?
    NEW YORK, September 19 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington's move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under
  • Whole of Iran on coronavirus red alert due to rise in deaths - health official
    Reuters A senior Iranian health official has declared a coronavirus red alert covering the entire country as daily deaths and cases increase at an alarming rate, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. Iran, one of the Middle Eastern countries hardest hit by the pandemic, has been divided up into white, orange/yellow and red regions based on the number of infections and deaths. The death toll rose by 144 to 23,952 on Friday, while the total number of identified cases spiked by 3,
  • Iran's friends should have defied U.S. sanctions during pandemic - President Rouhani
    Reuters Iranian President Hassan Rouhani bemoaned Iran’s friends on Saturday for not standing up to the United States and breaking crippling sanctions during the coronavirus pandemic. He also said that if the United States had a "bit of humanity or brain," it would have lifted sanctions on Iran for the duration of the health crisis. Iran, with over 380,000 registered cases and over 22,000 deaths from the coronavirus, is one of the countries worst-hit by the pan
  • Amnesty International accuses Iran of widespread rights abuses against protesters
    DUBAI, September 2 (Reuters): Amnesty International accused Iran's clerical establishment on Wednesday of presiding over widespread abuses of human rights in a security crackdown on nationwide protests last year touched off by fuel price rises. The London-based human rights group issued a report including allegations of "rape, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment" of those detained for involvement in the November 2019 unrest that buffeted the Is
  • Iran's Khamenei: UAE 'disgraced forever' by Israel deal
    DUBAI, September 1 (Reuters): The United Arab Emirates has betrayed the Islamic world and the Palestinians by reaching a deal toward normalising ties with Israel, Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Of course, the UAE's betrayal will not last long, but this stigma will always be remembered. They allowed the Zionist regime to have a foothold in the region and forgot Palestine," Khamenei said in a speech. "Th
  • Iran, IAEA strike deal on nuclear inspectors' access to sites
    DUBAI/VIENNA, August 26 (Reuters): Iran said on Wednesday it had agreed to grant the U.N. nuclear watchdog access to two sites that the agency suspects once secretly hosted nuclear material or activities, easing a months-long standoff over the issue. Wednesday's breakthrough in the dispute over the sites near Karaj and Isfahan was announced in a joint statement by Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency during a rare visit to Tehran by IAEA Director General Rafael G
  • Iran's Rouhani: Talks possible if U.S. returns to 2015 nuclear deal
    DUBAI, August 25 (Reuters): If the United States wants an agreement with Iran, it must first come back to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with six powers that Washington abandoned two years ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. "Washington's maximum pressure policy on Iran has failed 100%...If Washington wants an agreement with us, then they should apologise for exiting the deal and return to it," Rouhani told a televised news conference. Long-t
  • Canada and victims' families press Iran for answers over downed jetliner
    MONTREAL, August 24 (Reuters): Canada and families of the victims of a downed Ukrainian jetliner are pressing Iran for additional answers, after an announcement by Tehran on Sunday provided "limited and selected information." The announcement by the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization marked the first official report on the contents of the cockpit voice and data recordings, which were sent to France for analysis in July. Iran's Revolutionary Guard ha
  • Iran says black boxes from downed Ukraine jet show missiles hit 25 seconds apart
    DUBAI, August 23 (Reuters): Analysis from the black boxes of a downed Ukrainian passenger plane shows it was hit by two missiles 25 seconds apart and that passengers were still alive for some time after the impact of the first blast, Iran said on Sunday. The announcement by the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization marks the first official report on the contents of the cockpit voice and data recordings, which were sent to France for reading in July. Tehran has said
  • UAE summons Iranian diplomat over 'unacceptable' Rouhani speech - WAM
    DUBAI, August 16 (Reuters): The United Arab Emirates has summoned Iran's charge d'affaires in Abu Dhabi in response to a speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the foreign ministry described as "unacceptable", state news agency WAM said on Sunday. Rouhani said in a speech on Saturday the UAE had made a "huge mistake" in reaching a agreement to normalise ties with Israel and called it a betrayal by the Gulf state. "They (the UAE) bett
  • Lebanon alone must decide its own future, says Iran foreign minister
    BEIRUT, August 14 (Reuters): Only the Lebanese people and their representatives can decide the country's future, Iran's foreign minister said on a visit to Beirut on Friday, following the massive blast at the city's port that killed 172 people and prompted the government to resign. Iran backs Lebanon's powerful armed movement Hezbollah, which along with its allies helped form the outgoing government. The United States classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
  • UAE, Iran foreign ministers discuss COVID challenge
    DUBAI, August 2 (Reuters): The foreign ministers of longstanding regional foes Iran and the United Arab Emirates agreed on Sunday that they would strive to cooperate during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a video call during which they also exchanged greetings for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan told his Iranian counterpart that strengthening bilateral cooperation was important element in tackling the coronavirus, UAE state news agency WAM said.
  • Ukraine welcomes 'constructive' first talks with Iran on downing of airliner
    KYIV, July 31 (Reuters): Ukraine said on Friday that its first round of talks with Iran about the downing of a Ukrainian airliner shortly after takeoff in Tehran in January had been constructive, and that it was determined "to bring Iran to justice". All 176 people on board - including 57 Canadians - were killed when Iranian forces struck the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet. Iran said they mistook the passenger plane for a missile at a time of high tensi
  • Iran's Khamenei rejects talks with U.S. over missile, nuclear programmes
    DUBAI, July 31 (Reuters): Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ruled out negotiations with the United States over Tehran's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes on Friday and urged Iranians to resist U.S. pressure. "America's brutal sanctions on Iran are aimed at collapsing our economy ... Their aim is to limit our influence in the region and to halt our missile and nuclear capabilities," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on television.
  • China, Iran, Russia on agenda as Pompeo testifies in U.S. Senate
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters): U.S. lawmakers expect to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on dealings with China and Russia, the decision to move troops out of Germany and weapons exports when the country's top diplomat offers rare public testimony in the Senate on Thursday. Pompeo will testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for the first time in 15 months, discussing the State Department's annual budget request. Foreign Relations Committee Dem
  • Iran holds annual Gulf drill amid rising tensions with U.S.
    DUBAI, July 28 (Reuters): Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards launched a military drill in the Gulf on Tuesday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington. In recent years, there have been periodic confrontations in the Gulf between the Guards and the U.S. military, which has accused the Guards' navy of sending fast-attack boats to harass American warships as they pass the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran, which oppos