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Russia will work to preserve Iran nuclear deal, FM Lavrov says

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow will work to preserve the existing Iran nuclear deal despite Washington threatening to withdraw from it, reported Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a…

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Trump issues stay of execution for Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump announced Friday he would not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive… for now. The Republican leader grudgingly agreed to sign sanctions waivers, ensuring Washington will live up to its commitments for another 120 days, but he cautioned it would be “for the last time.” During that…

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Iran tells France nuclear deal ‘not negotiable’

TEHRAN: Iran’s nuclear deal is “not negotiable”, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bassam Ghassemi said Saturday in response to remarks by the French president. Emmanuel Macron called for vigilance towards Tehran over its ballistic missile programme and regional activities, in an interview published Wednesday by the Emirati daily Al-Ittihad. “We have told French leaders on several…

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Trump arrives in South Korea

OSAN: US President Donald Trump landed in South Korea on Tuesday, the second leg of his 12-day Asia trip dominated by the North Korean nuclear standoff. South Koreans are bracing for the possibility that Trump’s state visit could risk further inflaming tensions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has stepped up his pursuit…

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Saudi Arabia backs Trump’s ‘firm strategy’ on Iran

Saudi Arabia said Friday it backs US President Donald Trump’s “firm strategy” on regional rival Iran after he refused to certify the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. “The kingdom backs and welcomes the firm strategy on Iran and its aggressive policy that was announced by US President Donald Trump,” the official Saudi Press Agency said in…

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Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump on Friday refused to certify the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, and warned the United States may yet walk away from “one of the worst” agreements in history. “I am announcing that we cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said in an highly-anticipated address on America’s strategy for containing Tehran. “We…

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US presses for more Iran nuclear inspections

The United States pressed Thursday for the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out more nuclear inspections in Iran, warning that failure to do so would make the nuclear deal with Tehran “an empty promise.” US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that some countries were trying to shield Iran from more inspections…

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U.S. weighs whether to stay in Iran nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS: The United States said on Wednesday it is weighing whether the Iranian nuclear deal serves its security interests even as Iran said it did not expect Washington to abandon the agreement, reported Reuters. A collapse of the 2015 deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump has called “an embarrassment” but which is supported by…

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Trump issues stark threats to North Korea and Iran at UN

UNITED NATIONS, United States: President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that the United States is ready to “totally destroy” North Korea and vowed to confront Iran’s “murderous regime” over its weapons program. In his first address to leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump warned North Korea not to pursue its nuclear missile program…

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US retains Iran deal sanctions relief — for now

The United States agreed Thursday to continue for now to exempt Iran from nuclear-related sanctions but slapped new measures on targets accused of cyber attacks or destabilizing the region. The decision to continue to waive the sanctions was expected, but the new sanctions and some tough words from President Donald Trump will be seen as…

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Cancel Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu appealed to world powers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran should be amended or canceled. Speaking in Buenos Aires alongside Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Netanyahu said he wanted to correct the impression in recent media reports that Israel’s position on the 2015 deal had softened. “So let me take…

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Iran’s Rouhani draws fire from US after election win

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani was still celebrating his resounding re-election victory on Saturday when he came under pressure from the country’s long-standing foe the United States.

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Iran denies harassing US warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

TEHRAN: Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.

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Exclusive: US to impose fresh sanctions on Iranian entities

WASHINGTON: The United States is expected to impose sanctions on multiple Iranian entities as early as Friday following Tehran’s recent ballistic missile test, but in a way that will not violate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Trump puts Iran ‘on notice’

President Donald Trump on Thursday said Iran was now formally “on notice” after a recent missile test, while also claiming the Islamic Republic was on the brink of collapse when it signed an international nuclear deal. “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal…

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Iran nuclear deal powers to meet January 10

BRUSSELS: A high-level commission that oversees Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers will meet in Vienna on January 10 to address a complaint by Tehran about the renewing of sanctions by the United States. The meeting was called on Saturday by the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who coordinates follow-up of the nuclear…

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Iran atomic chief sees no threat to nuclear deal if Trump becomes U.S. president

VIENNA: A landmark nuclear accord sealed last year between Iran and six world powers will not be in danger if Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential election in November, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Wednesday. Republican presidential candidate Trump has called the accord “the worst deal ever negotiated” and said it…

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Iran oil exports surpass 2 million barrels per day: minister

TEHRAN: Iran’s oil exports have surpassed 2 million barrels per day following the lifting of sanctions under its nuclear deal with world powers, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Sunday. “Iran’s oil and gas condensate exports are now at more than 2 million barrels per day” after rising by 250,000 bpd since March 1, the…

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Rouhani reschedules Euro trip cancelled by Paris attacks

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani will travel to Italy and France next week after his visit scheduled in November was cancelled following the deadly Paris attacks, state television reported. Rouhani’s visit to Italy and then France, his first European tour since Iran secured a historic nuclear deal with world powers, will now be held between…

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EU’s Mogherini plans Iran trip to build on nuclear deal

BRUSSELS: EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Monday she planned to visit Iran soon to capitalise on the momentum generated by the lifting of nuclear sanctions against Tehran. “The visit is a plan at a very advanced stage,” said Mogherini, who helped negotiate the landmark deal whereby sanctions were lifted in return for Iran…

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Iran denounces new US sanctions on missile programme

TEHRAN: Iran on Monday denounced “illegitimate” new sanctions by the United States on its ballistic missile programme, days after Tehran’s historic nuclear deal with world powers was confirmed. “Iran’s missile programme has never been designed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons,” foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said, according to the ISNA news agency….

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