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Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei says nuclear deal can be abandoned if does not serve interests

Iran’s supreme leader says Tehran should give up hope on Europe to save the deal

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New Trump sanctions on Iran take effect despite pleas from allies

New US sanctions against Iran took effect on Tuesday, and President Donald Trump, who defied Washington’s allies to impose them, pledged that firms doing business with Tehran would be barred from doing business with the United States. Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington…

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Iran dismisses US talks offer as Trump reimposes sanctions

Iran dismissed a US offer to renegotiate a historic 2015 nuclear deal signed with other major powers as President Donald Trump reimposed crippling sanctions on Tuesday. Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement in May has infuriated European partners who were determined to keep it alive and now find their businesses operating in Iran faced with the…

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Iran’s foreign minister says China ‘pivotal’ to salvaging its nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday China was “pivotal” to salvaging a multilateral nuclear agreement for the Middle Eastern country after the United States pulled out of the pact earlier this year

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China to host Iran leader amid nuclear deal upheaval

Iran’s president will attend a summit with his Chinese and Russian counterparts next month, officials in Beijing said Monday, as they try to salvage the nuclear deal thrown into upheaval by Donald Trump. China, Russia and European powers, all of which signed the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, are scrambling to save the pact following the…

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U.S. ready to respond if Iran decides to resume nuclear program: Pompeo

The United States is ready to respond if Iran decides to resume its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday in a speech outlining demands on Tehran to change its behavior. “Our demands on Iran are not unreasonable: give up your program,” Pompeo said in a speech outlining demands on Iran….

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Trump speech ‘silly and superficial’, Iran’s Supreme Leader says

Iran’s Supreme Leader called U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments on withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear agreement “silly and superficial”, said he did not trust the European countries that were sticking with the agreement, and cast doubt on the future of the deal. The comments came on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s official website on Wednesday, where Khamenei…

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Oil prices soar in Asian markets

Oil prices surged more than two percent in Asia on Wednesday after Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, fuelling fresh geopolitical uncertainty. Both main crude contracts have been rising in recent weeks to reach three-and-half-year highs on expectations the president would withdraw from the 2015 pact, which opened up…

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Trump to reveal Iran deal decision, Tehran defiant as rial falls

U.S. President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in and work with European allies who have struggled to persuade him that it has successfully halted Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Trump has consistently threatened to pull out of the 2015 agreement because it does not…

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EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress

LUXEMBOURG: The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Trump defied both U.S. allies and adversaries on Friday by refusing to formally certify that…

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Trump speech violated Iran nuclear deal: Zarif

TEHRAN: US President Donald Trump’s speech outlining an aggressive new strategy against Iran violated Tehran’s nuclear agreement with world powers, said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Trump’s virulent speech contravened three articles of the 2015 deal, Zarif said in televised remarks broadcast late on Saturday. They include the requirement to implement the accord “in good…

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Nobel winning anti-nuclear group urges Trump not to quit Iran deal

The nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday urged US President Donald Trump to uphold the Iran nuclear deal to “avoid causing any more conflict.” “We really call on the US government to continue to certify and stay in this deal,” Beatrice Fihn, director of the International Campaign…

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Iran tests new missile defying US warnings

TEHRAN: Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue. State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran…

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Results show Iran’s Rouhani winning re-election

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to have secured a convincing election victory with voters backing his efforts to rebuild foreign ties, as initial results were announced on Saturday. With almost all votes counted, Rouhani looked to have an insurmountable lead with 22.8 million votes compared to 15.5 million for his hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi,…

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China warns against obstruction of Iran nuclear deal

BEIJING: Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal should not be ‘affected by any changes in the domestic situations’ of countries involved, China’s foreign minister warned Monday, as US president-elect Donald Trump threatens to abandon it. The agreement, signed in Vienna in July 2015 and in force since January, was the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack…

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UN chief welcomes implementation of Iran nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers as “a significant milestone”, and voiced hope that it would contribute to regional stability. “This is a significant milestone that reflects the good faith effort by all parties to fulfil their agreed commitments,” the secretary-general…

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Iran nuclear sanctions ‘will be lifted today’: Zarif

TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said nuclear-related sanctions on his country would be lifted Saturday, telling reporters in Vienna it “was a good day for the world”. “It’s a good day for the people of Iran… and also a good day for the region. The sanctions will be lifted today,” he said after…

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Britain reopens embassy in Tehran

TEHRAN: Britain’s foreign secretary reopened his country’s embassy in Tehran on Sunday in a long-awaited step signalling better relations four years after a mob stormed the compound, forcing its closure.

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Iranian Foreign Minister to visit Pakistan on August 13

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Thursday (August 13). The Foreign Minister will call on the Prime Minister and hold bilateral talks with Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said a press release issued from…

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In letter to Obama, US scientists praise Iran nuclear deal: report

WASHINGTON: More than two dozen top US scientists, among them nuclear researchers and Nobel prize winners, in a letter to President Barack Obama on Saturday praised the Iran nuclear deal as major security achievement, The New York Times reported. The two-page letter, from some of the world's most knowledgeable nuclear experts, could prove to be…

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Oil prices set to continue multi-week decline

HONG KONG: Oil prices looked set to continue a multi-week decline in Asian trade on Friday on concerns over a global oversupply of crude and mixed prospects for energy demand. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for September delivery was at $44.83, down from $47.12 a week ago, and on course for its eighth consecutive…

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