No ransom payment for Iran

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang after he was released from Iran, in Zurich, Dec 7, 2019. (REUTERS) By Wang Xiyue May 7, 2021 Iran's state news agency reported a few days ago that the Biden administration has agreed to release $7 billion of frozen Iranian assets and four Iranian prisoners [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|North America, USA|

There can never be peace with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, right, arrives at a graduation ceremony of the Revolutionary Guard's officers, May 20, 2015. (AP) By Reza Parchizadeh May 7, 2021 When Ali Khamenei was appointed Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, he knew he lacked Khomeini’s charisma. He needed the power of the military to subdue his [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran is one of the biggest non-US sources of QAnon conspiracy theories

A couple wearing protective face masks following a coronavirus outbreak walk in the Iranian city of Qom. (Reuters) By Katherine Hignett for Health Studio May 7, 2021 The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory flourished online throughout the pandemic, with proponents co-opting Covid-19 disinformation to fuel an ever-changing narrative. Followers of this baseless conspiracy theory [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|North America, USA|

Blinken reveals uncertainty clouding US-Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Reuters) May 7, 2021 Negotiators in talks with Iran over curbs to its nuclear program do not yet know if Tehran is willing to make a deal, according to the White House’s top diplomat. “We’ve been engaged now in Vienna for some weeks with our European partners, [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|North America, USA|

Nuclear deal possible in weeks if Iran takes political decision – U.S.

The US State Department in Washington, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP) May 6, 2021 There could be an understanding within weeks on how Washington and Tehran might resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal but that depends on Iran making the political decision to do so, a senior U.S. State Department official said [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|North America, USA|

G7 urges Iran to release foreigners, dual nationals under ‘arbitrary arrest’

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, left, poses for a photo with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of bilateral talks as part of the G7 meeting in London, May 3, 2021. (AP) May 6, 2021 G7 foreign ministers concluded their first in-person talks in more than two years Wednesday, hitting out at [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Man arrested in 1983 death of Nebraska student from Iran

Fishermen found the body of Firozeh Dehghanpour, who was in her mid-20s, on Aug. 14, 1983. (Getty) May 6, 2021 Authorities have arrested a sex offender in the death of an Iranian exchange student who was attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha when she was killed in 1983. Bud Leroy Christensen, 67, [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|North America, USA|

Iran’s president claims sanctions will soon be lifted

President Hassan Rouhani meeting with the Director General of IAEA in Tehran, August 26, 2020. (AFP) May 6, 2021 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a cabinet meeting today, “The sanctions have failed and if we remained united, the sanctions will soon be removed.” Iran and the members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|North America, USA|

Iranian-backed rocket attacks on US increase in Iraq

A bulldozer clears rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP) May 6, 2021 On Tuesday two rockets landed at Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq. On Monday three to six rockets fell near Balad air base in Iraq, according to various reports. The base houses US contractors [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

House Republicans sound alarm on Iran’s secretive nuclear program as inspectors face hurdles

An Iranian demonstrator holds an anti-U.S. placard during an annual rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP) May 6, 2021 Top Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee issued a letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Tuesday, asking he provide a detailed strategy to ensure Iran’s nuclear transparency as [...]

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