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Iran’s ex-parliament speaker demands explanation for vote disqualification

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Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani attends a news conference in Damascus, Syria February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki The former speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani demanded on Saturday an explanation from an election watchdog on why he was barred from running in next week’s presidential vote. Last month, the......

Iran’s Proxies in Iraq Threaten U.S. With More Sophisticated Weapons

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here BAGHDAD — The United States is grappling with a rapidly evolving threat from Iranian proxies in Iraq after militia forces specialized in operating more sophisticated weaponry, including armed drones, have hit some of the most sensitive American targets......

Iran’s presidential election: Who the candidates are

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He has faced the sharp devaluation of Iran’s currency, US sanctions on Iran’s banking sector, including sanctioning of the central bank itself, and domestic challenges with forex speculation, an unstable stock exchange, and Iran’s lucrative cryptocurrency market. BBC – For more and to sign up click here To Return to......

Iran’s Oil Exports Rise as U.S. Looks to Rejoin Nuclear Accord

New York Times
But, the official said, the United States has been challenged to enforce the sanctions without reliable help from allies and as traders play a “cat-and-mouse game” to avoid being tracked on the high seas. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity while the Iran talks were continuing. U.S. Navy......

Iran’s hardline judiciary chief declares candidacy for presidential election – media

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Iran’s hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi declared his candidacy on Saturday for next month’s presidential election, seen as a test of the legitimacy of the country’s clerical rulers. “I have come as an independent to the stage to make change in the executive management of the country and to fight......

Former speaker of Iran’s parliament registers to run in next month’s presidential election

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Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani attends a news conference in Damascus, Syria February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki The former speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani, registered on Saturday to run in next month’s presidential election, hoping to secure backing from moderates and hardliners. The registration of Larijani, a former nuclear......

Iran’s Zarif says onus on U.S. to revive nuclear deal

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Iran’s foreign minister said on Saturday that the United States had an obligation to help revive Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers which Washington had abandoned, after President Joe Biden said it was unclear how serious Tehran was about talks on the accord. The United States has expressed its......

Iran’s Zarif criticises Revolutionary Guards’ influence in leaked tape

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Later that day, he adds, when a Revolutionary Guards air defence unit shot down, apparently by mistake, a Ukrainian passenger airliner that had just taken off from Tehran, killing all 176 people on board, commanders only wanted him to deny Iranian culpability. BBC – For more and to sign up......

Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here In a leaked audiotape that offers a glimpse into the behind-the scenes power struggles of Iranian leaders, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Revolutionary Guards Corps call the shots, overruling many government decisions and ignoring advice. In......

Israeli general who helped destroy Iraq, Syria nuclear plants says stopping Iran’s program is much harder

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei speaks during a televised address in Tehran, Iran on March 21, 2021. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images As Iran boosts uranium enrichment to 60%, a short jump to military grade at......

Iran’s Rouhani says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz site

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon. FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting......

These 6 charts show how sanctions are crushing Iran’s economy

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here General view of an Iran flag on January 12, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Matthew Ashton – AMA | Getty Images Iran’s economy is crumbling after years of U.S. sanctions — and Tehran insists Washington must suspend those......

Iran’s Zarif to offer ‘constructive’ plan amid hopes of informal nuclear talks

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FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave......

Iran’s Judo Ban, Sparked by Order to Avoid Israeli, Is Overturned

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Victor Mather Iran’s blanket suspension from world judo events for ordering one of its athletes to pull out of an event to avoid competing against an Israeli was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday. The court did not disagree that Iran had committed “severe violations” of......

Iran’s compromise with UN nuclear watchdog buys time for negotiations, but gives inspectors ‘less access’

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saied Khatibzadeh gestures during a press conference in Tehran on February 22, 2021. Iran hailed as a “significant achievement” a temporary agreement Tehran reached with the head of the UN nuclear watchdog on site inspections. Photo......

Iran’s Zarif says ending IAEA snap inspections doesn’t breach 2015 nuclear deal

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s decision to end snap inspections by U.N. inspectors on Feb. 23 would not mean abandoning its 2015 nuclear deal, but the United States must still lift sanctions on Tehran to rescue the pact, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister......

Iran’s Zarif says ending IAEA snap inspections doesn’t breach 2015 nuclear deal

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s decision to end snap inspections by U.N. inspectors on Feb. 23 would not mean abandoning its 2015 nuclear deal, but the United States......

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