Biden greenlights South Korean release of funds to politically connected Iranian firm

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP) By Saeed Ghasseminejad January 28, 2022 The Treasury Department on January 6 issued a special license to authorize the South Korean government to pay $63 million [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|East Asia, North America, USA|

Biden admin: Former Trump Iran envoy facing ‘serious and credible’ threats

Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran, speaks at a news conference in London, Britain June 28, 2019. (REUTERS) By Adam Kredo January 28, 2022 The Trump administration's Iran envoy is facing "serious and credible" threats to his safety, according to a non-public assessment produced this month by the State Department and viewed [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|North America, USA|

As Iran nears uranium breakout capacity, US mulls bomb-making scenarios

Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran, Dec 23, 2019. (Reuters) January 27, 2022 With the United States warning that Iran is just weeks from developing the capacity to make a nuclear weapon, there is disagreement among Washington experts on the likelihood of Iran rushing to [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|North America, USA|

Raisi ‘answer’ on direct US talks feeds confusion in Iran and abroad

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a live interview in Tehran, Iran, broadcast on state-run TV, Oct. 18, 2021. (AP) January 26, 2022 A Press TV misinterpretation unleashed a media storm Tuesday after President Ebrahim Raisi gave a vague reply in a TV interview to a query on direct US talks. After noting [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|North America, USA|

US appreciates Kuwait’s support for mutual return to compliance with Iran nuclear deal: Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Reuters) January 26, 2022 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US appreciates Kuwait’s support for a mutual return to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal. Speaking at a joint conference during Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah’s visit to the US, Blinken said [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Kuwait, North America, USA|

US Senator calls for additional pressure on Iran

The White House in Washington, DC. (REUTERS) January 26, 2022 Republican Senator Jim Risch criticized the progress of negotiations with Iran in Vienna. In exclusive statements to Asharq Al-Awsat, he said that talks with Tehran continued to stumble, noting that officials in the administration of President Joe Biden “disagree about the American approach.” [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|North America, USA|

Blinken says ‘a few weeks left’ for Vienna talks

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting of the G7 foreign ministers summit in Liverpool, north-west England on Dec 10, 2021. (AFP) January 26, 2022 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has confirmed that there are only “a few weeks left” for the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna as they near [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|North America, USA|

Observers in Iran see shift in Tehran’s approach to direct talks with US

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, arrives at the Coburg Palais, venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action meeting aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on Dec. 17, 2021. (AFP) January 26, 2022 The possibility of holding direct talks with the United States, and also the idea of [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|

Flicker of hope for Western ‘hostages’ in Iran

Barry Rosen and Nizar Zakka, pictured in conversation in 2019, were held captive in Iran decades apart. (Supplied) January 25, 2022 When Barry Rosen, one of those held in Tehran's American embassy in the 1979-81 crisis, saw coverage of the talks in Vienna on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, he felt there was [...]

By |January 25th, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|

US repeats it’s willing to meet Iran directly on nuclear and other issues

US State Department spokesman Ned Price holds a press briefing on Afghanistan at the State Department in Washington, DC, August 16, 2021. (AFP) January 25, 2022 The US State Department on Monday repeated that it remains open to meeting with Iranian officials directly to discuss the nuclear deal and further issues after Iran's [...]

By |January 25th, 2022|North America, USA|