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Oil prices highest since 1991 as Gulf crisis brews

An attack on Saudi Arabia that shut 5% of global crude output triggered the biggest surge in oil prices since 1991, after U.S. officials blamed Iran and President Donald Trump said Washington was “locked and loaded” to retaliate. The Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls Yemen’s capital claimed responsibility for the …

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Iran ready now for Yemeni peace talks

Iran is ready to cooperate with the United Nations and countries seeking peace and stability in Yemen and the region, an Iranian government spokesman said on Monday, after weekend attacks on Saudi oil sites claimed by Yemeni forces aligned with Tehran. “I’m herewith announcing that Iran is fully prepared to …

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UK not sure who to blame for Aramco attacks

Britain on Monday said an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities was serious and outrageous but that the full facts were needed on who was responsible before making a response. The attack “was a wanton violation of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, adding that the United Kingdom …

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China stands by Iran over Aramco charges

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday it was irresponsible to blame anyone for an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities without conclusive facts, striking a cautious note after the United States blamed Iran. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

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Trump blames Iran for Saudi Aramco attacks

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States was “locked and loaded” for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, after a senior U.S. administration official said Iran was to blame. Trump also authorized the use of the U.S. emergency oil stockpile to ensure …

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What could make a Rouhani-Trump deal possible?

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian   Tehran should abandon the nuclear deal and suspend its membership of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Then real talks with the US can begin US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement, and his pursuit of the ill-advised “maximum pressure” policy, have taken …

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Trump now pondering an easing of Iran sanctions

U.S. President Donald Trump left open on Wednesday the possibility that the United States could ease sanctions on Iran, adding he believes Iran wants to strike a deal with Washington on its nuclear program. “We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the possibility …

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Trump fires Korea, Iran neo-con hawk Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. …

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Conflict Scenarios between the US, Russia and the Gulf – Consulting the experts

Interview with Federico Pieraccini, Independent Geopolitical Analyst Specialized in International Relations, Conflicts, Politics and Strategies at the Strategic Culture Foundation. The interview was conducted by Damir Nazarov, a Russian journalist based in Moscow.   1 – The USA has an advantage in all major types of weapons of mass destruction. Why …

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Joint Russian-Iranian naval drills planned

Russia and Iran are planning to hold joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean, the TASS news agency quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Monday. Earlier on Monday, Zarif said after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Tehran welcomed a Russian proposal for ensuring …

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Iran oil products increase despite US sanctions

While U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil industry have slashed the OPEC member’s crude exports by more than 80%, oil product sales from the Islamic Republic remain strong at nearly $500 million a month, shipping data and Reuters calculations show. Sanctions have barely affected Iran’s exports of oil products, primarily fuel …

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UK considers sending drones to Gulf region

The United Kingdom is considering deploying British drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran, Sky News reported early on Monday. UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has a number of Reaper drones based in nearby Kuwait and flying over Iraq and Syria. These could be re-tasked if the decision to …

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Banned Iranian tanker headed to Lebanon

Turkey said on Friday that an Iranian tanker at the center of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran was headed to Lebanon after changing course several times, although Beirut said it was not informed of the plan. According to Refinitiv tracking data, the Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, made …

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Israel charges Iran with building missile facility in Lebanon

Israel accused Iran on Thursday of stepping up efforts to provide the Hezbollah militia with precision-guided missile production facilities, a warning to Beirut that Israeli counter-strikes could escalate. “Dir balak,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in public remarks directed at Lebanon, using the Arabic for “watch out”. Israel and Lebanon’s …

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Iran welcomes French nuclear negotiating

Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. “There are proposals on the table… and we are going to work on those proposals,” he said at the Norwegian …

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Iran showcases locally built long-range SAM system

Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, mobile surface-to-air missile system on Thursday, Iranian state media reported. The announcement comes at a time of rising tension between Iran and United States. Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in …

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Afghanistan to serve as back channel for US-Iran

Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts. The intermediaries, the sources say, secretly have been relaying …

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Gibraltar now thinking of releasing Iran tanker

Gibraltar said on Tuesday it was seeking to de-escalate issues arising with Iran since the detention of the Grace 1 tanker. British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking …

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Iran captures tanker smuggling fuel amidst Gulf crisis

Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf that was smuggling fuel and detained seven crewmen, Iran’s state media reported on Sunday, in a show of power amid heightened tension with the West. The vessel was intercepted near Iran’s Farsi Island in the Gulf, Iran’s semi-official Fars …

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Saudi must begin dialogue process, Iran says

Iran is prepared for dialogue if Saudi Arabia is also ready, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, according to the IRIB news agency. Tensions have spiked between Iran and Saudi Arabia, arch-rivals for predominance in the Middle East, since Riyadh accused the Islamic Republic of carrying out …

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NATO not keen on policing Gulf waters

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday there had been no formal request for the military alliance to launch a mission in the Strait of Hormuz. The United States has proposed stepping up efforts to safeguard the vital oil route at a time of heightened tension between Washington and Tehran. …

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Germany not policing Strait of Hormuz

Germany will not participate in a U.S.-led naval mission to secure the Strait of Hormuz, close to Iran, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday. Stressing that Germany wants to avoid a further escalation of tensions in the region, Maas told reporters on a trip to Warsaw that there was …

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