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US Iran tensions

Iran will reverse nuclear actions when U.S. lifts sanctions: Zarif

Iran will reverse nuclear actions when U.S. lifts sanctions: Zarif

  • Iran will “immediately reverse” actions in its nuclear programme when U.S. sanctions are lifted, its foreign minister said on Friday, reiterating Tehran’s position on Washington’s offer to revive talks.
  • The Biden Administration said on Thursday it was ready to revive a 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers that former president Donald Trump abandoned in 2018 before reimposing sanctions on Iran.
Updated 19 Feb, 2021 05:06pm
Iran says it will end snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met
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Iran says it will end snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met

  • Iran said on Monday it will block snap inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog this month if other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal fail to fulfil their obligations, a challenge to U.S. President Joe Biden’s hope of reviving the accord.
  • The Biden administration aims to return the United States to the nuclear deal, which then-President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018. Under the deal, Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.
Published 15 Feb, 2021 03:56pm
President Biden will not lift sanctions on Iran to bring them to the negotiating table
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President Biden will not lift sanctions on Iran to bring them to the negotiating table

  • President Joe Biden has stated that the United States will not lift economic sanctions on Iran, in order to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table for the revival of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
  • While Biden has said that he will seek to revive the deal, he insisted that Iran must first reverse its uranium enrichment, creating a tight contest between the two nations.
Updated 08 Feb, 2021 11:41am
Former Obama aide Malley named Biden's top envoy on Iran: official
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Former Obama aide Malley named Biden's top envoy on Iran: official

  • President Joe Biden has named Robert Malley as special U.S. envoy for Iran, a senior official said on Thursday, giving the veteran diplomat a leading role in one of most daunting and politically divisive foreign policy challenges facing the new administration.
  • Malley was a key member of former President Barack Obama’s team that negotiated the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and world powers.
Published 29 Jan, 2021 10:00am
Top Iran leader posts Trump-like golfer image, vows revenge
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Top Iran leader posts Trump-like golfer image, vows revenge

  • The Twitter account of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone, vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack.
  • The post carried the text of remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in December, in which he said “Revenge is certain”.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 05:14pm
Iran's Rouhani says "ball in U.S. court" over nuclear dispute
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Iran's Rouhani says "ball in U.S. court" over nuclear dispute

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the incoming U.S. administration on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear agreement and lift sanctions on Tehran, while welcoming the end of “tyrant” President Donald Trump’s era.
  • U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Wednesday, has said the United States will rejoin the pact, which includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work, if Tehran resumes strict compliance.
Published 20 Jan, 2021 02:08pm
U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end
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U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end

  • The United States on Tuesday blacklisted a Chinese company that makes elements for steel production, 12 Iranian steel and metals makers and three foreign-based sales agents of a major Iranian metals and mining holding company.
  • This move sought to deprive Iran of revenues as U.S. President Donald Trump’s term winds down.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 11:00am
Iran vows "decisive response" to any Israeli move against it
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Iran vows "decisive response" to any Israeli move against it

  • Iran said on Tuesday it would deliver a “decisive response” to any Israeli move against it, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.
  • On Monday, Iran said it resumed 20% uranium enrichment at a nuclear facility, a move that coincides with rising tensions with the United States in the last days of President Donald Trump’s term.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 09:31am