Amid US-Iran tension, Israeli minister fears Tehran ‘may fire rockets at Israel’

Monday, May 13, 2019

Israel’s energy minister, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warned Sunday that escalating tensions between the US and Iran may lead the Islamic Republic to launch a missile assault against Israel. “Things are heating up,” Yuval Steinitz told the Ynet news site. “I wouldn’t rule anything out. Iran may fire rockets at Israel.” Steinitz added … Read More

Iran says US doesn’t dare attack for fear of provoking assault on Israel

Monday, May 13, 2019

A senior Iranian official on Sunday dismissed the US military buildup in the region as psychological warfare, saying that the US will not attack for fear of provoking an Iranian assault on Israel. “The US military forces’ deployment in the Persian Gulf is more of the nature of psychological warfare. They are not ready for … Read More

Top Iranian commander: US ‘wouldn’t dare launch military action against us’

Friday, May 10, 2019

A top commander in Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said Friday the US “wouldn’t dare to launch military action against us,” amid rising tensions and escalating rhetoric in recent days. Yadollah Javani, the IRGC’s deputy head for political affairs, made the comments after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday threatened a “swift … Read More

EU rejects any ultimatums after Iran’s move on nuclear deal

Thursday, May 9, 2019

European countries said on Thursday they wanted to preserve Iran’s nuclear deal and rejected “ultimatums” from Tehran, after Iran scaled back curbs on its nuclear program and threatened moves that might breach the pact. Iran announced steps on Wednesday to ease curbs on its nuclear program, in response to new U.S. sanctions imposed after Washington … Read More

Netanyahu on Iran: We will not let them get nuclear arms

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Israel will not let Iran attain nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday just hours after Iran announced that it will continue its nuclear program. Netanyahu’s comments came at the government’s central Remembrance Day ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery honoring the country’s 23,741 fallen soldiers. “This morning, on my way here, I … Read More

Iran pulls out of parts of nuclear deal, sets 60-day deadline to renegotiate terms

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Iran’s president said Wednesday the country will stop complying with parts of an Obama-era nuclear deal and set a 60-day deadline for new terms of the landmark pact before resuming higher uranium enrichment. Hassan Rouhani’s national address comes a year after President Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 agreement. He said he wanted to … Read More

Turkey Says It’s Pushing Back Against Trump’s Iran Sanctions

Friday, April 26, 2019

Turkey is working on a mechanism to avert U.S. sanctions designed to halt trade with Iran, risking another showdown with Washington as it joins a group of nations determined to keep buying oil from the Islamic Republic. The Turkish trade ministry and its counterpart in Iran are attempting to maintain the flow of goods between … Read More

Iran threatens to close Strait of Hormuz after US ends sanction waivers

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A top Iranian naval commander  threatened on Monday to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, in response to the US decision to end sanction waivers on Iranian oil imports, as Tehran fumed over the “illegal” move. “If we are banned from using it, we will close it,” Gen. Ali Reza Tangsiri, the head of the … Read More

Iranian parliament designates all US military forces as terrorists

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian media said Tuesday the parliament has approved a bill that labels all US military forces as terrorist. The legislation is a step further after Iranian lawmakers last week approved a bill labeling US troops in the Mideast as terrorist, a day after the US terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard came … Read More

France said to tell Lebanon: Israel won’t tolerate Iranian-backed missile plant

Monday, April 22, 2019

France has warned Lebanon that Israel will not tolerate the existence of an Iranian-backed manufacturing facility for precision-guided missiles located inside the country, the London-based Arabic-language Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Saturday. Diplomatic sources from within the Arab world told the newspaper details of the facility were conveyed to France from the US and originated with … Read More