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Iran and world powers have made headway in the Vienna talks though much more work is needed, a senior European Union official said, with meetings to resume next week after consultations in their respective capitals.(AFP file photo)

Iran sees Vienna talks moving forward, warns against excessive demands

Reuters | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 12:19 AM IST
Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for relief from US and other sanctions.
The US withdrew from the landmark nuclear agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, prompting Iran to retaliate by progressively rolling back its own commitments.(Reuters)
The US withdrew from the landmark nuclear agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, prompting Iran to retaliate by progressively rolling back its own commitments.(Reuters)

Israel 'of course' behind nuclear site attack: Iran foreign ministry

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2021 01:22 PM IST
The Sunday incident, which Iran called an act of "anti-nuclear terrorism," came a day after Tehran said it had started up advanced uranium centrifuges at Natanz, a breach of its commitments under the troubled 2015 deal with world powers.
Iran has insisted that the United States must act first on removing the Trump sanctions. (AP File Photo )
Iran has insisted that the United States must act first on removing the Trump sanctions. (AP File Photo )

US 'open' to direct talks with Iran at nuclear meet

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 07:44 PM IST
  • "We do not anticipate presently that there will be direct talks between the United States and Iran through this process, though the United States remains open to them," State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China. Analysts say Chinese imports of Iranian crude will hit 856,000 barrels a day in March, the most in almost two years and up 129% from last month. (REUTERS)
A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China. Analysts say Chinese imports of Iranian crude will hit 856,000 barrels a day in March, the most in almost two years and up 129% from last month. (REUTERS)

Iranian oil shipments clogs up Chinese ports despite US sanctions

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 06:30 PM IST
Crude shipments from Iran to the province of Shandong, home to a quarter of China’s refining capacity, have surged so much this month they’re causing congestion at ports and filling up storage tanks
US B-52 bomber flew over the Middle East on January 27, 2021 in a show of force by President Joe Biden's new administration as it girds for a challenging relationship with Iran, the Pentagon said.( AFP)
US B-52 bomber flew over the Middle East on January 27, 2021 in a show of force by President Joe Biden's new administration as it girds for a challenging relationship with Iran, the Pentagon said.( AFP)

US flies two B-52 bombers over Iran as Washington-Tehran tensions rise

AP | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 07:50 PM IST
  • The US military's Central Command said the two B-52s flew over the region accompanied by military aircraft from nations including Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
FILE - In this file photo released Jan. 16, 2021, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a missile is launched in a drill in Iran. The Biden administration’s early efforts to resurrect the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are getting a chilly early response from Tehran. Though few expected a breakthrough in the first month of the new administration, Iran’s tough line suggests a difficult road ahead.(Iranian Revolutionary Guard/Sepahnews via AP, File)(AP)
FILE - In this file photo released Jan. 16, 2021, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a missile is launched in a drill in Iran. The Biden administration’s early efforts to resurrect the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are getting a chilly early response from Tehran. Though few expected a breakthrough in the first month of the new administration, Iran’s tough line suggests a difficult road ahead.(Iranian Revolutionary Guard/Sepahnews via AP, File)(AP)

Clock is ticking for Joe Biden if he wants to salvage the nuclear deal with Iran

ANI | , Cyprus
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:27 PM IST
For his part, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran would only return to compliance if the US first lifted economic sanctions.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi during a meeting. (Reuters)
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi during a meeting. (Reuters)

Iran considers EU-hosted informal meeting with US, says minister

Reuters | , Tehran
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 05:21 AM IST
Iran and the United States have been at odds over who should take the first step to revive the 2015 accord. Iran insists the United States must first lift former President Donald Trump's sanctions while Washington says Tehran must first return to compliance with the deal.
US President Joe Biden (Reuters)
US President Joe Biden (Reuters)

Biden team revokes Trump’s Iran snapback at UN security council

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 04:49 AM IST
“The United States of America hereby withdraws its letters to the Security Council” calling for the reinstatement of UN sanctions due to Iran’s non-compliance, wrote Richard Mills, acting Representative of the United States to the United Nations.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken(Reuters)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken(Reuters)

'The path to diplomacy is open right now' with Iran, says US' Blinken

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:53 AM IST
Asked if there was any move under way to resume direct diplomacy, Blinken pointed to U.S. President Joe Biden's public stance that if Iran resumes compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal the United States would do so too.
Iran began enriching uranium to levels that exceed allowed limits after Donald Trump pulled the U.S. from the accord and imposed sanctions in 2018.(Reuters)
Iran began enriching uranium to levels that exceed allowed limits after Donald Trump pulled the U.S. from the accord and imposed sanctions in 2018.(Reuters)

Iran tells US that a mere signature won’t fix nuclear deal

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 05:13 PM IST
The stalemate raises questions over whether the crisis can be resolved before the Islamic Republic hits a deadline later this month.
President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that vaccinations would begin in the coming weeks(AP)
President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that vaccinations would begin in the coming weeks(AP)

Iran urges Joe Biden to lift sanctions affecting medicines as it fights Covid-19

Reuters | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 07:56 PM IST
  • "Since (Biden's) administration claims not to be anti-science like the previous one ..., one expects it to free the transfer of Iran's own foreign exchange resources to fight the coronavirus and for health and food, and lift banking sanctions quickly," said government spokesman Ali Rabiei.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said US was also increasing the scope of metals-related sanctions against Iran administered by the State Department.(Reuters)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said US was also increasing the scope of metals-related sanctions against Iran administered by the State Department.(Reuters)

US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:31 AM IST
During his four years in office, Trump has tried to force Tehran back into talks over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its activities in the Middle East.
US President Donald Trump while campaigning for Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler on the eve of the run-off election to decide both of Georgia's Senate seats, in Dalton, Georgia on January 4, 2021. (Reuters File Photo )
US President Donald Trump while campaigning for Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler on the eve of the run-off election to decide both of Georgia's Senate seats, in Dalton, Georgia on January 4, 2021. (Reuters File Photo )

US imposes new sanctions on Iranian foundations in last days of Trump's term

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 09:53 PM IST
Republican Trump is due to hand over power to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden after losing the November 3 election.
US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, DC, January 8, 2020.(AFP Photo)
US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, DC, January 8, 2020.(AFP Photo)

Trump to slap new sanctions on Iran, offers new deal as war clouds recede

HIndustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 11:33 PM IST
Iran’s missile attack on US bases in Iraq was retaliation after the U.S. killed its top general in a drone strike last week, in a move that was seen as destabilizing the Middle East.
Rallies, which began Tuesday, started as mostly young demonstrators took to the streets demanding jobs, improved services like electricity and water, and an end to corruption in the oil-rich country.(AP Photo)
Rallies, which began Tuesday, started as mostly young demonstrators took to the streets demanding jobs, improved services like electricity and water, and an end to corruption in the oil-rich country.(AP Photo)

Violence escalates in Iraq amid anti- government protests

Baghdad | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2019 01:31 PM IST
Neither the government nor demonstrators appear to be willing to back down from unrest that has presented the most serious challenge for Iraq since the defeat of the Islamic State group two years ago.
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