Iran

A nuclear agreement will strengthen Tehran’s role in the region

A nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers will strengthen Tehran’s role in the region and rules out the specter of a regional war, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday. “There is no doubt that the Iranian nuclear deal will be big and important to the region,” Nasrallah said in a live interview with Syria’s Al-Ekhbariya TV. “The agreement, God willing, rules out the specter ...

Oil prices jumped more than 5 percent

Oil prices jumped more than 5 percent on Monday as traders reassessed how quickly Iran might increase exports after a preliminary nuclear deal and anticipated that a months-long rise in U.S. crude inventories may be slowing. Brent crude’s rally followed Thursday’s nearly 4 percent tumble after Iran and six world powers announced a framework agreement on the OPEC member’s nuclear program. But initial expectations of a ...

Israel says world powers and Iran would agree a “bad deal” on nuclear program

Israel said on Monday it was probable that world powers and Iran would agree a “bad deal” on Tehran’s nuclear program and it would do all it could to toughen any accord before talks resume this week. “We think it’s going to be a bad, insufficient deal,” Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview before meeting French officials in Paris. “It seems quite ...

Iran’s footballers face punishment of taking “selfie” with female fans

Iran’s footballers have been warned they could face punishment if they take “selfie” pictures with female fans who have turned out in large numbers at the Asian Cup. The head of the Iranian Football Federation’s moral committee said players risked being used as a “political tool” if snapped with women fans. Women are banned from attending men’s sports events in ...

Iran nuclear negotiation is highly unlikely to be reached by March

A deal between Iran and the six world powers is highly unlikely to be reached by March, a senior Israeli official told reporters Monday. “I don’t believe that an agreement will come at any price,” said the official who has knowledge of the negotiations. “No one can declare with any certainty that an agreement will be reached shortly. It’s hard ...

Iran sends warning to Israel via US officials

Iran said Tuesday it has sent a warning to Israel through the United States over the recent killing of an Iranian general in an alleged Israeli airstrike, the official IRNA news agency reported. The report quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying, “We told the Americans that the leaders of the Zionist regime should await the consequences of ...

Iran lawmakers to examine nuclear resumption bill: Media

Iran’s parliament agreed Tuesday to examine a bill asking the government to resume all its nuclear activities in the event of fresh US sanctions, local media reported. Under an interim deal struck in 2013, Iran froze its uranium enrichment in exchange for limited sanctions relief. But two deadlines for a full accord cutting off Iran’s pathway to an atomic bomb ...

Iran forever forbidden from having nuclear arms: Kerry

WASHINGTON: Iran is “forever” banned from building a nuclear weapon under an existing international treaty, top U.S. diplomat John Kerry said Wednesday, seeking to dismiss fears that limits on its program imposed in a new deal may eventually be lifted. “Please understand, there is no reduction [of restrictions] at any time that permits Iran to build a nuclear weapon,” Kerry ...

Iran’s first flight had landed in Yemen with a cargo of humanitarian aid

Iran said on Sunday that its first flight had landed in the Yemeni capital only a day after the two countries signed a landmark aviation deal. Iran’s news agency reported that a plane from Iranian airliner Mahan Air had taken a cargo of humanitarian aid – mostly medicine – for Yemen.  The cargo was contributed by the Red Crescent of ...

Iran’s nuclear program could be concluded if U.S. agree to remove sanctions

A deal on Iran’s nuclear program could be concluded this week if the United States and other Western countries have sufficient political will and agree to remove sanctions on Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday. “Our negotiating partners, particularly the Western countries and particularly the United States, must once and for all come to the understanding ...

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