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Pompeo slams Iran as ‘world’s largest state sponsor of terror’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank, in Washington, May 21, 2018. (AP) September 22, 2018 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued on Friday a severe warning to Iran, saying it will be held accountable should American interests come under attack. "We will [...]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s Rouhani vows Tehran will not abandon its missiles

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as he speaks during a rally marking the anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution, in Tehran, Iran, February 11, 2018. (Reuters) September 22, 2018 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed that Tehran will not abandon its missiles, despite U.S. pressure. Rouhani made the remark in a speech carried live [...]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Middle East, North America, USA|

Haley accuses Iran of ‘trampling’ on sovereignty of its neighbors

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a news conference at UN headquarters in Manhattan, New York, US, September 20, 2018. (REUTERS) September 22, 2018 US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said that Iran has “trampled” on the sovereignty of its neighbors in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. [...]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Middle East|

Pressures on Iran at the onset of UN Assembly

US President Donald Trump delivered his maiden address to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, (AFP) September 21, 2018 Iran appears to have come under mounting international pressures over its regional ambitions, its destabilizing role in the region and its ballistic missile program days before its President and foreign minister [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran launches air maneuvers near strategic Strait of Hormuz

Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets, above, are part of Iran’s air force drill near the Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea. (AFP) September 21, 2018 Iran’s air force is carrying out a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Middle East|

State Department: Iran allows al Qaeda to operate its ‘core facilitation pipeline’

Iran has allowed AQ facilitators to operate a core facilitation pipeline through Iran since at least 2009, enabling AQ to move funds and fighters to South Asia and Syria. (Supplied) By Thomas Joscelyn September 21, 2018 The State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism. The report covers events during the previous calendar year. [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Middle East, North America, USA|

Just how low can Iran’s oil exports go?

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) By Tsvetana Paraskova September 21, 2018 Iran’s oil exports started to fall noticeably in August as key customers in Asia began to curtail oil purchases to either comply with the U.S. efforts to bring Iranian exports to zero, or [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|East Asia, Europe, Middle East|

Iran’s oil exports rapidly decline as other producers fill the void

The logo of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is pictured at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, May 30, 2016. (Reuters) September 21, 2018 After 29% annual growth in 2017, net oil export revenues of OPEC members are expected to rise again by 30% to $736 billion in 2018, the US Energy Information [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Middle East, North America, USA|

US terror survey blames Iran for ‘fomenting violence’ in Middle East

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) September 20, 2018 The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, accusing it of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East. The State Department's [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|Middle East, North America, USA|

OPEC chief: Cartel must stay together as US sanctions Iran

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo speaks at an event in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP) September 19, 2018 OPEC must stick together for the good of the global economy as founding member Iran faces renewed U.S. sanctions, the head of the cartel said Tuesday — though he did not [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|Middle East, North America, Russia, USA|