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Iran

Michael Pompeo: Trump administration pressure is weakening Iran’s regime

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Trump administration has implemented an unprecedented pressure campaign on Iran’s leaders with two objectives: First, to deprive the Iranian regime of the money it needs to support its destabilizing activities. Second, to force the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the negotiating table to conclude a comprehensive and enduring deal. The comprehensive deal we seek with … Read More

A Malevolent Iran Hurts U.S. Friends in Iraq

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Jonathan Spyer’s “Israeli Jets Appear to Have Struck Iraq for the First Time Since 1981” (op-ed, Aug. 2) offers a discouraging insight into Iran’s malign influence in the region, and the U.S. response. One of the sites of the reported attack is Camp Ashraf in Iraq, which from 1986 to 2012 housed 3,400 members of … Read More

Iran unveils three new precision-guided missiles

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran unveiled three precision-guided missiles on Tuesday, with the defense minister saying they show the country is ready to defend itself in the face of US “viciousness and conspiracies.” The new lineup of air-to-air missiles dubbed the “Yasin,” “Balaban” and a new series of the “Ghaem” were developed jointly by the ministry … Read More

Iran said increasing Hamas funding to $30m per month, wants intel on Israel

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Iran has agreed to massively increase its monthly payments to Palestinian terror group Hamas in exchange for intelligence on Israeli missile capabilities, an Israeli television network reported Monday. The Islamic Republic is a longtime financial supporter of Hamas, the terror organization that rules the Gaza Strip and is committed to Israel’s destruction. In a recent … Read More

Iran says it will further breach nuclear deal in one month unless Europeans act

Monday, August 5, 2019

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran told European powers on Monday it would further reduce compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal in about a month’s time if they were still failing to protect it from crippling U.S. sanctions, reimposed after Washington exited the deal. European signatories to the deal have so far been helpless to prevent U.S. … Read More

Senior Iranian commander: The Islamic republic is on Israel’s borders

Monday, August 5, 2019

Iran’s front has extended to the Mediterranean Sea and the borders of Israel, a senior Iranian commander said on Monday. “Our defensive depth has stretched to the Mediterranean Sea and our front has extended to the borders of the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brig.-Gen. Mehdi Rabbani … Read More

UK joins US Strait of Hormuz mission; Iran slams sanctions

Monday, August 5, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran — Britain said Monday that it would join a U.S.-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran’s seizure of merchant vessels has raised tensions with the West. Earlier, Iran’s foreign minister lambasted recent U.S. financial sanctions against him, calling the move a “failure” for diplomacy. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad … Read More

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran’s Top Diplomat

Friday, August 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took the unusual step on Wednesday of placing sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister, essentially cutting off the clearest avenue for talks with Iran by punishing the man who negotiated the 2015 nuclear agreement. Senior administration officials described the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif — an American-educated diplomat who is well … Read More

Iran vows to restart activities at Arak heavy water facility

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization on Sunday told Iranian lawmakers that the country will restart activities at the Arak heavy water facility, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, citing a lawmaker who was at the meeting. Ali Akbar Salehi attended a parliamentary session to discuss recent developments in the 2015 nuclear deal, which … Read More

In fresh challenge, defiant Iran tests medium-range missile – report

Friday, July 26, 2019

  After openly breaching the terms of the nuclear deal, Iran this week also conducted a medium-range ballistic missile test in violation of Security Council resolutions, a report said late Thursday. The country tested a Shahab-3 missile on Wednesday, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed US military official. It was launched from southern … Read More