Iran says US holding 20 Iranians, ready for prisoner swaps

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang in Zurich, Switzerland December 7, 2019. U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. (REUTERS) December 11, 2019 Iran said on Tuesday that American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, its official news agency reported, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more [...]

By |December 11th, 2019|North America, USA|

US suspects Iran is behind increasingly sophisticated rocket attacks on US bases in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Nujaba armed group march during a military parade marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Baghdad, May 31, 2019. (AFP) By Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne December 10, 2019 The US government believes that Iran is behind a series of increasingly sophisticated rocket attacks on joint US-Iraq military facilities [...]

By |December 10th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran ready for full prisoner swap, ‘ball is in the US’ court’: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Asia Society in New York, April 24, 2019. (AP) December 9, 2019 Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday Iran is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States, tweeting: “The ball is in the US’ court.” “After getting our hostage [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran unveils budget of ‘resistance’ against US sanctions

President Hassan Rouhani arrives at the Iranian Parliament in the capital Tehran, on August 28, 2018. (AFP) December 9, 2019 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday presented to parliament what he called a "budget of resistance" against crippling sanctions imposed by the United States. "Next year, similar to the current year, our budget [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|North America, USA|

United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation

Trump said Chinese-American Xiyue Wang was returning to the United States. (Supplied) December 7, 2019 The United States and Iran swapped prisoners - a Chinese-American detained for three years on spying charges and an imprisoned Iranian - on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA|

Facebook closes Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei’s page

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with religious poets in Tehran, Iran, March 8, 2018. (REUTERS) December 7, 2019 The Arabic Facebook page of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was deleted on Friday, according to Persian-language news agency Tasnim. The page had some 100,000 followers and had been [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA|

Trump calls on UN Security Council to ‘deal with’ Iran’s treatment of protests

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, September 24, 2019. (Reuters) December 7, 2019 President Donald Trump has called for the United Nations Security Council to deal with the “behavior of the Iranian regime, which has killed [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA|

U.S. offers $15 million reward for information on Iranian commander in Yemen

Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook addresses reporters at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 2019. (US State Department) December 7, 2019 On Thursday the U.S. Special Representative on Iran said the State Department was offering $15 million for information on Yemen-based Iranian Guards senior Commander Abdul-Reza Shahlai's [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA, Yemen|

US envoy: US has ‘other tools’ if Iran’s bad actions go on

US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft, right, accompanied by President Trump, left, speaks at a luncheon with members of the UN Security Council in the White House, Dec. 5, 2019. (AP) December 7, 2019 US Ambassador Kelly Craft warned Iran on Friday that the Trump administration will keep up its maximum pressure campaign [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA|

US considering troop boost to counter Iran

US navy launches 'largest maritime exercise' to protect Gulf allies following Iran tensions. (Getty) December 6, 2019 The United States said Thursday it was considering deploying fresh forces to counter Iran, with an official saying some 5,000 to 7,000 troops could head to the region. Testifying before Congress, John Rood, the under secretary [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|