Iran’s President Rouhani dismisses changes to nuclear deal

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday ruled out changes to Iran’s nuclear accord with world powers and dismissed calls to broaden the terms of the deal and include regional countries. US President Joe Biden has voiced support for returning to the accord, from which Donald Trump exited, but has insisted that Tehran first resume full compliance… Continue reading Iran’s President Rouhani dismisses changes to nuclear deal

Iran FM Zarif asks Europe to coordinate US return to nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister on Monday asked the European Union to coordinate a synchronized return of both Washington and Tehran into a nuclear deal, after a diplomatic standoff on who will act first. US President Joe Biden has voiced support for returning to the accord, from which Donald Trump exited, but has insisted that Tehran first… Continue reading Iran FM Zarif asks Europe to coordinate US return to nuclear deal

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

Rouhani says Western democracy ‘fragile, vulnerable’ after chaos at US Capitol

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that the chaos unleashed on the US Capitol by US counterpart Donald Trump’s supporters exposed the fragility of Western democracy. “What we saw in the United States yesterday (Wednesday) evening and today shows above all how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy is,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast by… Continue reading Rouhani says Western democracy ‘fragile, vulnerable’ after chaos at US Capitol

Zarif warns Trump against any ‘adventurism’ during his last days in office

Iran on Thursday warned the US president against any “adventurism” before leaving the White House, after Donald Trump said he would hold “Iran responsible” for any fatal attack on Americans in Iraq. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments came after Trump accused Iran of being behind a rocket attack Sunday on the US embassy in… Continue reading Zarif warns Trump against any ‘adventurism’ during his last days in office

Iran says to meet nuclear commitments if Biden lifts sanctions

Iran said Wednesday it would “automatically” return to its nuclear commitments if US President-elect Joe Biden lifts sanctions, as the outgoing administration doubled down with more pressure. Biden has promised a return to diplomacy with Iran after four hawkish years under Donald Trump, who withdrew from a denuclearisation accord and slapped sweeping sanctions. Tehran again… Continue reading Iran says to meet nuclear commitments if Biden lifts sanctions

Trump defiantly presses ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran

President Donald Trump said Monday that he was imposing sanctions on Iranians for violating a UN arms embargo and demanded enforcement by US allies, who roundly dispute that he has any such authority. Trump’s defiant move came on the very day that the United Nations was celebrating its 75th anniversary with a virtual summit full… Continue reading Trump defiantly presses ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran

Diplomatic flurry in blast-hit Lebanon as aid effort expands

Top diplomats criss-crossed Beirut on Friday to supervise growing aid efforts and weigh in on Lebanon’s political future, following a deadly port explosion blamed on state corruption. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, which backs Lebanon’s powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, met officials in the capital ahead of a speech by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah… Continue reading Diplomatic flurry in blast-hit Lebanon as aid effort expands