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Top official says Iran ready for higher uranium enrichment

A top aide to Iran’s supreme leader says the Islamic Republic is ready to begin enriching uranium beyond the level set by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound supertanker with Iranian oil

Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted Thursday an Iranian supertanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran’s crude oil to war-ravaged Syria.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’

Iran’s president warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Iranians say US sanctions hurt the people, not government

While opinions differ across Tehran’s Grand Bazaar about the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal, there’s one thing those in the beating heart of …


US gets no commitment from NATO for help on Iran threat

NATO allies gave the U.S. no firm commitments that they will participate in a global effort to secure international waterways against threats from Iran, acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper said …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019

Iran says ‘idiotic’ new U.S. sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant “closing the doors of diplomacy” between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019

Pompeo in Mideast talks on building a coalition against Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks Monday with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about countering the military threat from Iran by building a broad, …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Amid tough talk, Trump says he could be Iran’s ‘best friend’

President Donald Trump says military action against Iran is still an option for its downing of an unmanned U.S. military aircraft, but dangled the prospect of eventually becoming a “best …


Airlines reroute flights after Iran downs US military drone

Airlines rerouted flights Friday to avoid airspace near the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone there and American aviation officials warned that commercial jetliners …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019

Retired WSU prof: Canceled strikes against Iran may buy goodwill

President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Putin open for talks with Trump, warns against force on Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he’s open for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump but doesn’t expect quick progress on easing tensions with Washington.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Trump suggests Iran’s shootdown of drone was accidental

President Donald Trump declared Thursday that “Iran made a very big mistake” in shooting down a U.S. drone but suggested it was an accident rather than a strategic error. Asked …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

U.S.-registered planes barred over Mideast areas amid tensions

The U.S. on Friday barred American-registered aircraft from flying over parts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman amid heightened tensions after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

US Navy: Mine in tanker attack bears Iran hallmarks

The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore “a striking resemblance” to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Tensions rise as Iran speeds up enrichment, U.S. sends troops

Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a …


UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019

Crew members of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman have landed in Dubai after two days in Iran

Crew members of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman have landed in Dubai after two days in Iran


US says video shows Iran removing mine from stricken tanker

The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Japan premier warns US, Iran ‘accidental conflict’ possible

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran on Wednesday to warn that an “accidental conflict” could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., a message that …


Top Iran diplomat warns US it cannot ‘expect to stay safe’

Iran’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line stance …


U.S. carrier in Persian Gulf region sends clear signal to Iran

The USS Abraham Lincoln, with its contingent of Navy destroyers and cruisers and about 70 aircraft, is the centerpiece of the Pentagon’s response to what it calls Iranian threats to …


US commander says he believes Iranian threat ‘is very real’

Iran has chosen to “step back and recalculate” after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude …


US aircraft carrier deployed over Iran remains outside Gulf

A U.S. aircraft carrier the White House ordered to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran remains outside of the Persian Gulf amid efforts to de-escalate tensions between Tehran …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

In UAE, Trump’s adviser warns Iran of ‘very strong response’

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned Iran on Wednesday that any attacks in the Persian Gulf will draw a “very strong response” from the U.S., taking a hard-line approach …


Iran’s foreign minister in Pakistan amid tensions with US

Iran’s foreign minister lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday during a critically timed visit to Pakistan amid a simmering crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next …


Trump says US to send 1,500 more troops to Middle East

The U.S. will bolster its military presence in the Middle East with an additional 1,500 troops, President Donald Trump said Friday amid heightened tensions with Iran.


Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019

Iran supreme leader criticizes politicians amid US tensions

Iran’s supreme leader publicly chastised the country’s moderate president and foreign minister, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

As questions mount over President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, top national security officials headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats sought out a second …


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019

Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium, reports say

Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats …


Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could ‘burn’ Iraq

Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, …