U.S. concerned about Iran-North Korea cooperation, seeks to prevent it

US Special Envoy for Iran, Elliott Abrams, speaks during a media availability at the State Department on February 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP) September 21, 2020 The United States is concerned about Iran’s cooperation with North Korea and will do whatever it can to prevent it, Elliott Abrams, Washington’s envoy on Iran, said [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran says it is ready to swap all prisoners with U.S

Iranian FM Javad Zarif in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, March 11, 2020. (AFP) September 21, 2020 Iran is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a virtual address to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Relations between Tehran and Washington have deteriorated sharply [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|North America, USA|

U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran’s defense ministry, Venezuela’s Maduro

Different units of the Iranian Armed Forces displayed their capabilities and latest military achievements in nationwide parades in Tehran. (Tasnim) September 21, 2020 The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on the Iranian defense ministry and others involved in Iran’s nuclear and weapons program to support its assertion that all U.N. sanctions [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Iranian front groups claim responsibility for recent attacks against Coalition targets in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite militants backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Caleb Weiss and Joe Truzman September 21, 2020 Over the past few days, a surge of assaults against American and Coalition forces inside Iraq have been reported across the country. Four nascent armed factions, all of which are believed to be Iranian-backed, have claimed responsibility. From top left: [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Yemen welcomes US reimposition of sanctions against Iran

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei meets with the spokesman of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen Mohammed Abdul Salam, Aug 13, 2019. (IRNA) September 21, 2020 The legitimate Yemeni government welcomed on Monday the United States’ announcement that it has reimposed all United Nations sanctions against Iran, including an armed embargo against Tehran. [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|North America, USA, Yemen|

Iran’s oil minister calls U.S. sanctions a “war with no blood”

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to reporters during the 15th International Energy Forum Ministerial in Algiers, Sept 27, 2016. (Reuters) September 21, 2020 Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Monday that the United States was waging a war against Iran by imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s crude exports. “Today Iran [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|North America, USA|

Trump is a target of Iran for ‘life’ for Soleimani killing: Supreme leader Rep.

Trump speaks during an interview in the Oval Office on Aug. 30. (AP) September 21, 2020 US President Donald Trump will be a target of the Iranian military “for the rest of his life” for his involvement in the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, a representative of Iran’s supreme leader warned on Sunday. [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|North America, USA|

Nuclear confrontation, Khamenei’s gift to Iran

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with religious poets in Tehran, Iran, March 8, 2018. (REUTERS) By Ehsan Mehrabi September 19, 2020 Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has entered into two major and protracted confrontations with the West. The first was the eight-year Iran-Iraq from [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

US troop drawdown in Iraq is double-edged sword for Iran

US soldiers stand guard during the handover ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield to Iraqi Security Forces, in Mosul, Iraq, March 27, 2020. (AP) By Andrew Leonard September 19, 2020 Furious over the targeted killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the US military in Bagdad, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei demanded in January that “the Americans’ corruption-stirring presence should come [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

U.S. says U.N. sanctions on Iran to be reimposed Saturday. What does that mean?

Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, July 20, 2015. (AP) September 19, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, North America, Russia, USA|