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Iran planning second satellite launch

Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months’ time after a failed attempt this week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, ignoring U.S. and European warnings to avoid such activity. Western officials say the missile technology used in such launches could be applied to delivering …

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France warns Iran over basslistic missile research

France on Friday called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons after Tehran said it could put two satellites into orbit in the coming weeks. “France recalls that the Iranian missile program is not conform with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231,” …

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Iranian foreign ministers blasts Pompeo claims

Iran’s foreign minister mocked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on Thursday in which he said “when America retreats, chaos follows,” by asserting the opposite was true. “Whenever/wherever US interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. “The day Iran mimics US clients & @SecPompeo’s …

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Iran to reciprocate EU intelligence sanctions

Iran will reciprocate after the European Union put two Iranians on a terrorist list, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday. The European Union earlier said it had added two Iranian individuals and the directorate for internal security of the Iranian Ministry for Intelligence to the bloc’s terrorist list, …

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EU to impose sanctions on Iranian intelligence agencies

The European Union has agreed sanctions against an Iranian intelligence service for planning assassinations in Europe, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said on Tuesday. “EU just agreed to enact sanctions against an Iranian Intelligence Service for its assassination plots on European soil. Strong signal from the EU that we will …

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Iraqi threat looms, claims Israeli spy

Iran could use its growing clout in Iraq to turn the Arab country into a springboard for attacks against Israel, the top Israeli intelligence official said on Monday. Israel sees the spread of Tehran’s influence in the region as a growing threat, and has carried out scores of air strikes …

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Iran to use private exporters to beat sanctions

Iran said on Wednesday private exporters have had “no problems” selling Iranian oil, and 3 million barrels of crude could be sold soon to non-government traders, state media reported, despite U.S. sanctions targeting Tehran’s oil sales. Iran began selling crude oil to private companies for export in late October, just …

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Iranian war games target US navy, aircraft carriers

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards launched war games in the Gulf on Saturday, state television reported, after a U.S. aircraft carrier entered the waterway amid rising tension with Washington over reimposed U.S. sanctions. Television showed amphibious forces landing on Iran’s Gulf island of Qeshm during the exercises, in which naval vessels, …

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Iran welcomes Sweden talks, Yemeni peace

Iran welcomed on Friday initial agreements reached at talks in Sweden by the opposing sides in Yemen’s war, which include the Iran-aligned Houthi group, were a step toward a final peace accord, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. The war in Yemen is seen as a proxy war between Iran …

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Disarmament: The Forgotten Premises of Non-Proliferation

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian   In an interview with the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced a German-led initiative on global disarmament, warning that technologically advanced weapons can soon transform science fiction into “deadly reality.” This announcement came a few weeks after President Trump declared that the United States plans …

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Population control expert ‘detained’ in Iran over espionage charges

Iran has detained an Australian-based academic on charges of trying to “infiltrate” Iranian institutions, according to official media. Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi was detained as she was leaving Iran, the state news agency IRNA said. Hosseini-Chavoshi, a population expert, is affiliated with the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, according to …

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India gets around Iran oil sanctions with rupee

India will import crude oil from Iran using a rupee-based payment mechanism, an industry source involved in discussions told Reuters on Thursday, adding that 50 percent of those payments will be used for exporting items to Tehran. India’s state-owned UCO Bank is expected to announce the payment mechanism in the …

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Iran barters oil for food from South Korea

Iran and South Korea are working to set up a mechanism to barter South Korean goods for Iranian oil exports, an Iranian trade official was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA on Saturday, as Tehran seeks ways to sidestep U.S. sanctions. “According to the plan, goods will …

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China taking place of French Total in post-sanction Iran

China’s state-owned CNPC has replaced France’s Total in Iran’s multibillion-dollar South Pars gas project, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said, according to the semi-official news agency ICANA on Sunday. “China’s CNPC has officially replaced Total in phase 11 of South Pars but it has not started work practically. Talks need …

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Iran calls on Muslim wrld to unite against US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Muslims worldwide on Saturday to unite against the United States, instead of “rolling out red carpets for criminals”. Washington in May reimposed sanctions on Tehran, after President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran under which they had been …

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Iran denies US allegations about chemical weapons

Iran denied on Friday it had violated an international convention by not fully declaring its chemical weapons capabilities to the U.N., describing a U.S. allegation to that effect as groundless, state TV reported. In a meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague on Thursday, …

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Iran defying US sanctions wih Iraqi help

Iran and Iraq could raise their annual bilateral trade to $20 billion from the current level of $12 billion, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, despite concerns over the economic impact of renewed U.S. sanctions. Rouhani’s remarks, made after a meeting with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salih, came about two …

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Iran sanctions to be tightened, Bolton

The United States will step up enforcement of sanctions on Iran, national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday, as Tehran tries to find ways to evade the restrictions in oil trade and in banking. “The objective has been from the beginning to get oil exports from Iran down to zero,” Bolton said. “It is our …

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Lavrov condemns sanctions on Iran as illegal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions on Iran were not legitimate, in Moscow’s first official comment since Washington restored sanctions on Tehran. Lavrov said Moscow, itself a target of separate U.S. sanctions, expected there would be ways to pursue economic cooperation with Iran despite the …

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Iran defiant of Trump sanctions, and Trump tweets

Iran’s top leader said on Saturday U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies face opposition across the world as Washington prepared to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s vital oil-exporting and financial sectors, state television reported. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said Iran’s arch-adversary the United States had failed to reassert its domination …

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