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Blinken foresees multiple sanctions on Iran

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that “hundreds” of US sanctions will remain on Iran even if the United States rejoins a nuclear accord. President Joe Biden’s administration has been engaged in indirect talks with Iran about reversing former president Donald Trump’s exit from the 2015 nuclear accord, formally …

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Blinken worried Iran will have bomb within weeks

Iran could have a nuclear weapon in “a matter of weeks” unless it curbs its enrichment of fissile uranium, the US warned on Monday. And the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said it was “becoming increasingly difficult” to extend a temporary arrangement for inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, as Tehran …

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Presidential race falling to Iranian conservatives

Iran’s judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi and former parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani have registered to run in next month’s presidential election. The two conservatives, who have close ties with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, are seen as the leading contenders to succeed Hassan Rouhani. Mr Rouhani, a moderate, is not allowed …

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IAEA gravely concerned about Iran nuclear intentions

The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency called Iran’s uranium enrichment program “very concerning” in an interview with the Financial Times published on Wednesday. Iran was enriching uranium at purity levels that “only countries making bombs are reaching,” Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, …

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Iran putting new restrictions on nuclear inspectors

Iran’s parliament speaker said Sunday that international inspectors may no longer access surveillance images of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear sites, escalating tensions amid diplomatic efforts in Vienna to save Tehran’s atomic accord with world powers. Iran’s parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf’s comments, aired by state TV, further underscored the narrowing …

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Ahmedinejad wants back as Iranian President

Iran’s hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday registered to run again in an election in June which is being seen as a test of the legitimacy of the country’s clerical rulers. Vilified in the West for his questioning of the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad had to step down in 2013 because …

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Iran vetting candidates for new presidential vote

Candidates began signing up on Tuesday for Iran’s June 18 presidential polls, with the clerical establishment hoping for a high turnout in a vote seen as a referendum on the handling of the Islamic Republic’s political and economic crises. Turnout may be hit by rising discontent over steep hikes in …

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Germans accuse Iran of secret weapons project

Iran has sought to produce and source weapons of mass destruction in 2020, misleading the world about the nature of its nuclear program, Washington Free Beacon said on Monday citing a new intelligence report issued by a German government security agency. Although Iran claims its nuclear program is peaceful, it has recently …

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Erdogan makes major cabinet reshuffle in Turkey

President Tayyip Erdogan named a prominent member of Turkey’s ruling AK Party, Mehmet Mus, as trade minister on Wednesday and split another ministry into two, in what officials said was the first move in an expected broader cabinet shuffle. In a presidential decree Ruhsar Pekcan, the cabinet’s highest-profile woman, was …

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New Iran nuclear deal still in draft form

Negotiators trying to revive the collapsed nuclear deal with Iran are close to a draft agreement, leading envoys said on Monday. Talks are continuing in Vienna aimed at rescuing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal with world powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for the …

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Iran nuclear talks back on track in Vienna

Talks on reviving the nuclear deal with Iran will pick up speed after a second round of negotiations ended in Vienna, delegates said on Saturday. China’s envoy to the talks said all participants — China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and Iran — had agreed to accelerate work on issues including …

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Iran identifies Natanz suspect, says fled country

Iran named a suspect Saturday in the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges there, saying he had fled the country before the sabotage happened. State television named the suspect as 43-year-old Reza Karimi. It showed a passport-style photograph of a man it identified as Karimi, saying he …

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