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Russia: Loss of Iranian nuclear deal would be ‘unforgivable’

Russian ministry also says it was disappointed by plans by the US to extend its Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Iran’s nuclear program was lost, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported. The ministry also said it was disappointed by plans by the United States to extend its Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Meanwhile ...

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Iran’s supreme leader dubs Iraq’s PMU as ‘national treasure’

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Sunday praised the mainly Shiite government-sanctioned Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) as a “national treasure,” his official website said. PMU was formed from mainly militia Shiite groups with the participation of some Sunnis, Christians and Yazidis to lend it some credibility. Khamenei went on to describe PMU as an “asset for the present and ...

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Energy Giant Shell Inks Oil Deal With Iran

Royal Dutch Shell has signed a provisional agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, a move that could signal energy companies will not be deterred from doing business with the Islamic Republic despite uncertainty whether a Trump administration will scrap a nuclear deal agreed to by world powers. A spokesman for Shell said a memorandum of agreement was ...

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Emboldened Iran hawks eager to press Tehran on nuclear violations under Trump

Hawks critical of the Obama administration’s outreach to Iran over the past eight years were in a distinctly upbeat mood as they took over an ornate Senate caucus room Thursday to promote their cause. The incoming Trump administration, many said, understands their case and the threat posed by the regime in Tehran far better than President Obama ever did. Senate ...

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EU urged to clarify if states are funding mass executions in Iran

The European Union has been urged to urgently clarify whether it is helping to fund Iranian anti-narcotics programmes linked to mass executions. In a letter seen by The Independent, human rights charity Reprieve raises concerns that as part of a “new page” in EU-Iran relations announced earlier this year, the EU and member states could be actively seeking to fund UN ...

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Iran issues threat over U.S. bill renewing sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani demanded Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Rouhani promised a “prompt response” from Iran if the U.S. sanctions are extended. “We are committed to an acceptable implementation of the deal ...

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Lawmaker urges probe into Iran’s ties to builder of Israeli subs

reported involvement of Iran in a company that makes Israel’s top secret navy submarines demands a thorough investigation into the issue that has roiled Israeli politics in recent weeks, Knesset member Ofer Shelah from the opposition Yesh Atid party said Saturday. The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper revealed on Friday that a company belonging to the Iranian government owns 4.5 percent of ...

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Iran says US extension of sanctions shows Washington is unreliable

A Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for 10 years shows the world that Washington cannot be relied upon to act on its commitments, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday. Iran has vowed to retaliate against the ISA extension, passed unanimously on Thursday, saying it violated last year’s agreement with six major powers to curb ...

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Iran Mulls Over Opening Up Naval Bases In Syria And Yemen

the Middle East continues to morph in ways previously unrealized, Iran may be aiming to increase its military reach drastically. Iranian proxies—such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and more recently Houthi rebels in Yemen—have extended Iran’s military influence abroad. Yet the strategic utility of these groups alone pales in comparison to that provided by actually having military outposts in the regions ...

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Who will blink first: Iran or Trump?

Assuming that Hillary Clinton will not find some last-ditch bit of Clintonesque chicanery that will put her in the White House after all, Donald Trump will likely be inaugurated President come January 20, and he will have an ultimatum waiting for him. The Ayatollah Khamenei warned the day before Thanksgiving that if the U.S. dared to extend sanctions on Iran, ...

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