Iran, IAEA agree on a ‘temporary solution’ ahead of deadline

The UN nuclear watchdog chief announced Sunday a “temporary solution” to allow Iranian facility inspections to continue after days of talks with officials, giving some much needed breathing space for diplomatic negotiations. However, Rafael Grossi admitted that under the new three-month arrangement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would not have the same level of… Continue reading Iran, IAEA agree on a ‘temporary solution’ ahead of deadline

France, Russia advise Iran against uranium metal production

Russia and France on Thursday urged Iran to show restraint after it started producing uranium metal in a new breach of limits laid out in Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. The UN’s nuclear watchdog in Vienna reported that Iran has started producing uranium metal in defiance of the landmark 2015 accord, which former US… Continue reading France, Russia advise Iran against uranium metal production

UN court to decide on taking role in Iran-US sanctions case

The UN’s top court will rule Wednesday whether it can take on Iran’s bid to overturn US nuclear sanctions, reimposed by the administration of former US president Donald Trump. Tehran dragged the United States to the International Court of Justice in mid-2018, saying Washington breached a 1955 friendship treaty between the two countries. Then-president Trump… Continue reading UN court to decide on taking role in Iran-US sanctions case

Israel army chief prepares to take on Iran’s nuclear capabilities

Israel’s army chief said Tuesday he had ordered that plans be drawn up to counter Iran’s nuclear capabilities, in the event of a political decision to target the Islamic republic. Chief of Staff General Aviv Kochavi said he had instructed the military “to prepare several operational plans in addition to existing ones… throughout the coming… Continue reading Israel army chief prepares to take on Iran’s nuclear capabilities

Iran’s Zarif calls on Biden to ‘unconditionally’ lift US sanctions

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Friday called on the new US administration to “unconditionally” lift sanctions imposed by Donald Trump on the Islamic republic to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal. The new administration of President Joe Biden “can still salvage the nuclear agreement, but only if it can muster the genuine political will in… Continue reading Iran’s Zarif calls on Biden to ‘unconditionally’ lift US sanctions

Iran in no rush to see US return to nuclear deal: Khamenei

Iran is in no hurry to see the US return to a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers after Joe Biden takes office this month, its supreme leader said Friday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said it was not a question of “whether the United States returns or not”, it was a matter of it lifting its… Continue reading Iran in no rush to see US return to nuclear deal: Khamenei

Amid US tensions, Iran steps up uranium enrichment above threshold

Iran said Monday it had started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity, well beyond the threshold set by its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, sparking international concern. The move at its underground Fordow facility was confirmed by UN watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It was the most important suspension… Continue reading Amid US tensions, Iran steps up uranium enrichment above threshold

Israel warns of threat to citizens abroad as Iran vows ‘vengeance’

Israel warned Thursday of an increased threat against its citizens abroad following Iran’s call to avenge last week’s assassination of its top nuclear scientist. The death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, killed in a bomb and gun attack on a major road outside Tehran on Friday, has been blamed in part on Israel’s Mossad spy agency by… Continue reading Israel warns of threat to citizens abroad as Iran vows ‘vengeance’

Iranian FM urges Biden to end ‘rogue’ US behaviour

Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday urged US President-elect Joe Biden to abandon Washington’s “rogue” behaviour and lift crippling sanctions on his country, rejecting talk of renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal. Mohammad Javad Zarif said that when President Donald Trump left the landmark agreement, the United States had breached a UN Security Council resolution endorsing it.… Continue reading Iranian FM urges Biden to end ‘rogue’ US behaviour

Pompeo tour seeks to cement Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo has used a late term Middle East tour to cement Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran, so President-elect Joe Biden can’t easily reverse it. As the Donald Trump era draws to a close, US Secretary of State Pompeo has made containing the Islamic republic a key focus of his trip… Continue reading Pompeo tour seeks to cement Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran