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On Saturday, Germany, France and Britain pressed Iran to back off its plan to develop uranium metal, calling it “the latest planned violation” of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (Representative Image)(Reuters)

Iran urges UN watchdog not to publish 'unnecessary' details on nuclear program

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:57 PM IST
The report quoted a statement from Iran’s nuclear department that asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to avoid publishing details on Iran’s nuclear program that may cause confusion.
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Iran President Hassan Rouhani.(AP)
Iran President Hassan Rouhani.(AP)

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard holds ballistic missile drill amid tensions

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 03:38 PM IST
In the first phase of the drill Friday morning, the Guard’s aerospace division launched several surface-to-surface ballistic missiles against simulated enemy bases, state TV reported. It said the drill included Zolfaghar and Dezful solid-fuel ballistic missiles.
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The ultimate goal of the deal is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, something Iran insists it does not want to do.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
The ultimate goal of the deal is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, something Iran insists it does not want to do.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

UN watchdog confirms another Iranian breach of nuclear deal

AP, Berlin
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 06:36 PM IST
Iran maintains its plans to conduct research and development on uranium metal production are part of its “declared aim to design an improved type of fuel,” the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said.
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This photo released on Tuesday by the Iranian Army, shows Iran-made warship Makran prior to be joined to the Navy, in Iran. (AP)
This photo released on Tuesday by the Iranian Army, shows Iran-made warship Makran prior to be joined to the Navy, in Iran. (AP)

Iran holds missile drill in Gulf of Oman amid tensions

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 12:30 PM IST
In recent weeks, Iran has increased its military drills. On Saturday, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard held a naval parade in the Persian Gulf and a week earlier Iran held a massive drone maneuver across half the country.
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The head of the global atomic watchdog had said that world powers and Iran had weeks, not months to save the nuclear accord once US President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan 20.(REUTERS)
The head of the global atomic watchdog had said that world powers and Iran had weeks, not months to save the nuclear accord once US President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan 20.(REUTERS)

Iran must undo uranium enrichment, help nuclear diplomacy, EU says

Reuters, Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Iran started pressing ahead with plans to enrich uranium to 20% fissile strength at its underground Fordow nuclear plant last week.
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the White House on an apparent family tour in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the White House on an apparent family tour in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo(REUTERS)

Pompeo to use declassified intelligence to accuse Iran of al Qaeda links: Report

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 02:52 PM IST
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of links to al Qaeda in the past but has not provided concrete evidence.
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi said Iran was progressing "quite rapidly" in 20% enrichment.(REUTERS)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi said Iran was progressing "quite rapidly" in 20% enrichment.(REUTERS)

IAEA chief says matter of weeks left to revive Iran nuclear diplomacy

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 08:09 PM IST
Iran resumed enriching uranium to 20% fissile strength at the underground Fordow nuclear plant earlier this month in a further breach of the nuclear pact.
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"Given our experience with France's HIV-tainted blood supplies, French vaccines aren't trustworthy either," the Iranian leader added in the tweet with the hashtag #CoronaVaccine.(Via Reuters)
"Given our experience with France's HIV-tainted blood supplies, French vaccines aren't trustworthy either," the Iranian leader added in the tweet with the hashtag #CoronaVaccine.(Via Reuters)

Twitter removes Khamenei vaccine tweet for 'violating' rules

By Harshit Sabarwal | AFP
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 07:51 PM IST
"Importing vaccines made in the US or the UK is prohibited. They're completely untrustworthy. It's not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations," said a tweet posted Friday on Khamenei's English-language Twitter account.
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Thursday’s parade was part of commemoration events for the one-year anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US, according to the statement.(Reuters/ Representative)
Thursday’s parade was part of commemoration events for the one-year anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US, according to the statement.(Reuters/ Representative)

Iran holds navy drills in Persian Gulf amid standoff over tanker

By Bloomberg | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Iran has used its influence over the Persian Gulf to push back against US-led attempts to isolate it economically. A government spokesman this week linked the seizure of the tanker to billions of dollars trapped in South Korea by US sanctions.
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The arrest warrant was for a charge of premeditated murder, which carries the death penalty on conviction. It is unlikely to be carried out but symbolic in the waning days of Trump’s presidency.(AP)
The arrest warrant was for a charge of premeditated murder, which carries the death penalty on conviction. It is unlikely to be carried out but symbolic in the waning days of Trump’s presidency.(AP)

Soleimani death: Iraq court issues arrest warrant against Donald Trump

By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Baghdad
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 05:24 PM IST
Soleimani headed the expeditionary Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
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South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said on Tuesday,(VIA REUTERS)
South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said on Tuesday,(VIA REUTERS)

Arab leaders agree to end Qatar standoff

By Agencies | AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia, Al-ula, Saudi Arabia
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:39 AM IST
The Saudi decision to open its airspace and borders to Qatar was the first major step towards ending the diplomatic crisis that began in 2017, just as the Trump administration was raising pressure on Iran.
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People line up for Covid tests in their vehicles at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
People line up for Covid tests in their vehicles at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

Covid-19 vaccines in US lie unused

By Agencies | New York
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:27 AM IST
As the virus continues to rage, Germany is set to extend its nationwide lockdown until the end of the month and introduce tougher restrictions.
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The drones, also known as loitering munitions, were flown for 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) near the Gulf of Oman.(File photo)
The drones, also known as loitering munitions, were flown for 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) near the Gulf of Oman.(File photo)

Iran tests ‘suicide’ drones amid its tense standoff with Donald Trump

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:29 PM IST
The two-day drills started on Tuesday and also involved successful tests of quadcopter drones capable of dropping small cluster munitions.
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Britain urged Iran to stop enriching uranium to up to 20% without delay.(REUTERS)
Britain urged Iran to stop enriching uranium to up to 20% without delay.(REUTERS)

‘Deeply concerned’: UK on Iran resuming 20% uranium enrichment

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | London
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:39 PM IST
Iran has resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility, breaching a 2015 nuclear pact with major powers.
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Meanwhile US crude oil inventories dropped by 1.7 million barrels in the week to Jan. 1 to 491.3 million barrels, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed late on Tuesday.(Reuters file photo)
Meanwhile US crude oil inventories dropped by 1.7 million barrels in the week to Jan. 1 to 491.3 million barrels, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed late on Tuesday.(Reuters file photo)

Oil rises to 11-month high after Saudi Arabia pledges unilateral output cut

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:33 PM IST
Brent crude rose as much as 0.9% to $54.09 a barrel, the highest since Feb. 26, 2020. It was at $53.82 a barrel at 0757 GMT after jumping 4.9% on Tuesday.
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US President Donald Trump’s term ends on January 20, when Democrat President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn in to succeed him.(AP)
US President Donald Trump’s term ends on January 20, when Democrat President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn in to succeed him.(AP)

US hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:23 PM IST
Among the 12 Iranian companies blacklisted are the Pasargad Steel Complex and the Gilan Steel Complex Co, both of which were designated under Executive Order 13871 for operating in the Iranian steel sector.
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Iran began enriching uranium Monday to levels unseen since its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Iran began enriching uranium Monday to levels unseen since its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.(AP file photo. Representative image)

EU says it will redouble efforts to save Iran nuclear deal

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:19 PM IST
EU spokesman Peter Stano said that Iran’s actions “will have serious implications when it comes to nuclear nonproliferation.” Stano said it was in everyone’s interest to rescue the deal and said the 27-nation bloc “will strengthen” its attempts to make sure all adhere to the commitments made in the landmark deal.
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US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has declined to comment in detail about the latest developments.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has declined to comment in detail about the latest developments.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden’s Iran problem is getting worse by the day. Here’s why

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:52 PM IST
In the past week alone, President Donald Trump’s team has dispatched B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf in response to alleged Iranian attack planning and reversed an order to bring home the USS Nimitz, the only US aircraft carrier in the region.
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An Iranian government spokesman on Tuesday rejected allegations that Iran’s seizure of a South Korean vessel amounted to hostage-taking(VIA REUTERS)
An Iranian government spokesman on Tuesday rejected allegations that Iran’s seizure of a South Korean vessel amounted to hostage-taking(VIA REUTERS)

Iran says South Korea holding $7 billion Iran funds ‘hostage’

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Tehran
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:16 PM IST
“We’ve become used to such allegations ... but if there is any hostage-taking, it is Korea’s government that is holding $7 billion which belongs to us hostage on baseless grounds,” spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters at a news conference streamed live online.
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The decision to open land, air and sea borders comes ahead of a summit of regional leaders in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.(AP representative image)
The decision to open land, air and sea borders comes ahead of a summit of regional leaders in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.(AP representative image)

Saudi Arabia reopens borders with Qatar in US-backed deal

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:29 PM IST
The dispute stretched beyond the Gulf region, with the countries lining up on opposite sides of conflicts and geopolitical squabbles in the wider Middle East and in Africa.
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A South Korean-flagged tanker vessel which was seized by Iran is seen in Gulf, Iran January 4, 2021.(VIA REUTERS)
A South Korean-flagged tanker vessel which was seized by Iran is seen in Gulf, Iran January 4, 2021.(VIA REUTERS)

Iran seizes ship, ramps up enrichment as Gulf tensions mount

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:41 AM IST
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it detained the Hankuk Chemi vessel at 10 a.m. local time Monday “due to repeated violations of marine environmental laws.”
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An Iranian flag flutters in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.(AP)
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.(AP)

Explained: How close is Iran to producing a nuclear bomb?

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Vienna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 06:41 PM IST
Tehran began breaching the deal’s curbs in 2019 in a step-by-step response to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the deal in May 2018 and the reimposition of US sanctions.
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Iran did not acknowledge the vessel’s location.(REUTERS)
Iran did not acknowledge the vessel’s location.(REUTERS)

Iran acknowledges it seized South Korean-flagged oil tanker

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Dubai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:36 PM IST
The report on Monday alleged that the MT Hankuk Chemi had been stopped by Iranian authorities over alleged “oil pollution” in the Persian Gulf and the strait.
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Iran has started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity at its Fordow (Fordo) facility, going well beyond the threshold set by the 2015 nuclear deal.(AFP)
Iran has started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity at its Fordow (Fordo) facility, going well beyond the threshold set by the 2015 nuclear deal.(AFP)

Iran says it resumed 20% enrichment at Fordow in latest nuclear deal breach

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Dubai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:20 PM IST
On January 1, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tehran had told the watchdog it planned to resume enrichment up to 20% at Fordow site, which is buried inside a mountain.
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“Be careful of a trap, @realDonaldTrump. Any fireworks will backfire badly,” Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote.(Reuters image)
“Be careful of a trap, @realDonaldTrump. Any fireworks will backfire badly,” Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote.(Reuters image)

‘Be careful’: Iran’s foreign minister urges Trump to avoid Israel ‘trap’ to provoke war

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Dubai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 06:05 AM IST
Mohammad Javad Zarif issued the warning on the anniversary of the US killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by a drone strike in Iraq. There was no immediate comment by Israel.
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Iraqis hold placards and flags as they gather to mark the one year anniversary of the killing of Qassem Soleimani.(REUTERS)
Iraqis hold placards and flags as they gather to mark the one year anniversary of the killing of Qassem Soleimani.(REUTERS)

Iraqis chanting anti-US slogans mark year since Soleimani killing

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Baghdad
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:10 PM IST
The gathering coincided with increasing tensions between Iran and the United States in the last days of President Donald Trump’s administration, and many in the crowd demanded revenge.
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An Israeli official dismissed as “nonsense” on Sunday an allegation by the Iranian foreign minister that Israel was trying to trick the United States into waging war on Iran(REUTERS)
An Israeli official dismissed as “nonsense” on Sunday an allegation by the Iranian foreign minister that Israel was trying to trick the United States into waging war on Iran(REUTERS)

Israel dismisses Iran’s charge of tricking US into war as ‘nonsense’

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Jerusalem
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 03:47 PM IST
It was Israel that needed to be on alert for possible Iranian strikes on the one-year anniversary on Sunday of the assassination of Tehran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, in a US drone strike in Iraq, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Kan public radio.
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People stand beneath a portrait of slain Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani during a vigil in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on January 2, 2021, ahead of the first anniverary of his killing by a US drone-strike.(AFP Photo)
People stand beneath a portrait of slain Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani during a vigil in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on January 2, 2021, ahead of the first anniverary of his killing by a US drone-strike.(AFP Photo)

Iranian officials warn against ‘hostile moves’ in anniversary of Soleimani’s killing

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Tehran
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:18 AM IST
“New intelligence from Iraq indicates that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans-putting an outgoing Trump in a bind with a fake casus belli,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on social media, as quoted by official news agency IRNA.
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Tensions between Iran and the US have resurged in recent weeks with Donald Trump reviving threats against the Islamic Republic in his final weeks in office.(Reuters representative image)
Tensions between Iran and the US have resurged in recent weeks with Donald Trump reviving threats against the Islamic Republic in his final weeks in office.(Reuters representative image)

Iran points finger at Israel as it warns Donald Trump against war

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 10:56 PM IST
Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran had new intelligence from Iraqi sources showing that “Israeli agent-provocateurs” were staging attacks on US targets.
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Iran’s decision to begin enriching to 20% a decade ago nearly brought an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal.(AP)
Iran’s decision to begin enriching to 20% a decade ago nearly brought an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal.(AP)

Iran plans 20% uranium enrichment ‘as soon as possible’

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Dubai, UAE
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 03:38 PM IST
The move comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US in the waning days of the administration of President Donald Trump, who unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal in 2018.
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