US ship changed course towards Iran vessels: IRGC commander

The Levant News — A commander with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says an American warship recently drew its warning by sailing “unprofessionally” close to the force’s vessels near Iranian territorial waters. Mehdi Hashemi, who commands the IRGC Navay’s Zolfaqar Flotilla, said the American ship was sailing as part of a naval fleet also …

Iran, Russia, Turkey Underline Respect for Syria’s Territorial Integrity

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran, Russia and Turkey issued a joint statement on Tuesday, calling for continued cooperation on Syria and reiterating their respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity. According to the statement, the ministers of foreign affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, meeting …

Iran will reduce its heavy water exports

TEHRAN – Iran’s atomic agency says it will begin exporting less heavy water because of an oversupply in the international market. State TV quotes agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying Tuesday that Iran will export some 20 tons of the material annually from now on. That’s much less that the 70 tons of heavy water …

Iranian FM, DM in Russia for Talks on Syria

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan have paid a visit to Moscow to meet with senior Russian officials and discuss issues of mutual interests, the Syrian crisis in particular. Heading high-ranking delegations, Zarif and Dehqan arrived in Moscow on Tuesday morning to hold trilateral talks with …

Confusion over Trump’s first talks with foreign leader

By Alistair Bell and Ginger Gibson for Reuters | WASHINGTON | One day before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s first meeting with a foreign leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese officials said they had not finalized when or where in New York it would take place, who would be invited, or in some cases whom …