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American citizens fearful of war with Iran

Half of all Americans believe that the United States will go to war with Iran “within the next few years,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll released on Tuesday amid increased tensions between the two countries. While Americans are more concerned about Iran as a security threat to the …

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Enriched production on rise in Iran

Iran has increased by fourfold the rate of production of low enriched uranium, an official in Natanz nuclear facility was cited as saying by Tasnim news agency on Monday, a week after Iran officially stopped some commitments under an international nuclear accord. Under the agreement, Tehran was allowed to produce …

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Missile attack on US green zone in Iraq

A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions, on Sunday night, falling near the U.S. Embassy but causing no casualties, the Iraqi military said. The attack came two weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi …

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Saudi Arabia not keen on war with Iran

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that it wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength” following last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets, telling Iran that the ball was now in its court. Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday’s drone strikes on …

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Trump secretly does not want Iran war

U.S. President Donald Trump has told his top advisers he does not want to get the United States involved in a war with Iran, three U.S. officials said on Thursday. “He doesn’t want to go to war. It’s not who he is,” one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. …

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Trump needs Congress to go to war with Iran

The Trump administration does not have congressional authorization to go to war against Iran, the Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives warned on Thursday amid escalating tensions in the region. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she backed what appeared to be U.S. President Donald Trump’s …

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Washington slowing pulling out officials from Iraq

Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday, after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces. The U.S. State Department has ordered the pullout of the employees from both the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the embassy said in …

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Iran blames Israel for Gulf explosions

The tanker attacks off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were “Israeli mischief,” an Iranian parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). “The events that took place in the Emirates were Israeli mischief,” Behrouz Nemati said, without providing any details on what role …

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Iran charges America with psychological warfare

The United States has started a psychological war in the region, the commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said in a parliament session on Sunday, according to a parliamentary spokesman. The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East to counter what …

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Iran warns US navy

A senior Iranian cleric said in a Friday prayers sermon that the United States’ navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile”, as a U.S aircraft carrier headed to the Gulf, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. The carrier Abraham Lincoln, deployed by President Donald Trump’s administration to the Middle …

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Iran says US sanctions on metal exports illegal

U.S. sanctions on Iranian metals are against international norms, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday, warning that Washington would be responsible for Iran’s losses. “This U.S. measure is against the international commitments of this regime… It is against international norms … The United States will be responsible for the …

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America to deploy B-52s against Iran

The U.S. military said on Tuesday that B-52 bombers will be part of additional forces being sent to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration says are “clear indications” of threats from Iran to U.S. forces there. White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that …

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China insists all parties should implement Iran nuclear deal

China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement should be fully implemented and all sides have a responsibility to ensure it happens. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the remarks during a daily briefing. Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will resume high level …

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US pressuring Iran over uranium enrichement

The United States acted on Friday to force Iran to stop producing low-enriched uranium and expanding its only nuclear power plant, intensifying a campaign aimed at halting Tehran’s ballistic missile program and curbing its regional power. At the same time, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed waivers of U.S. sanctions …

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Iran to open oil branch in Iraq

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) will open an office in Iraq, the semi-official Fars News Agency said on Saturday. The new office “will facilitate cooperation in the oil industry and the transfer of engineering and technical services” to Iraq, it said. The announcement comes as Iran faces U.S. sanctions …

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Iran designates US forces as terrorists

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed a bill into law on Tuesday declaring all U.S. forces in the Middle East terrorists and calling the U.S. government a sponsor of terrorism. The bill was passed by parliament last week in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision this month to designate Iran’s elite …

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Iran FM heading to North Korea for ralks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is planning to visit North Korea, Iran’s state television reported on Sunday, without giving the date of the visit. “The date of this trip will be set and announced soon,” the television quoted Zarif as saying. It gave no further details. North Korea’s top …

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Turkey trying to circumvent US oil embargn on Iran

Turkey is trying to convince the United States to allow refiner Tupras, its biggest oil importer, to continue buying crude oil from Iran free of sanctions, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Friday. Last year, Washington announced sanctions against buyers of Iranian oil, granting eight countries, including Turkey, waivers …

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Iran ready with sanctions countermeasures

The United States must be prepared for consequences if it tries to stop Iran from selling oil and using the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned on Wednesday, while also offering to negotiate prisoner swaps with Washington. The United States on Monday demanded buyers of Iranian …

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Iran fearful Trump will be lured into war

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif does not believe U.S. President Donald Trump wants war with Iran, but he told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump could be lured into a conflict. “I don’t think he wants war,” Zarif said in an interview at the Iranian mission to the United Nations …

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