Iran imposes sanctions on former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, several others

Iran said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on 61 more Americans, including former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, for backing an Iranian dissident group, as months of talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal are at an impasse. Others blacklisted by Iran’s Foreign Ministry for voicing support for the exiled dissident group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK)… Read More Iran imposes sanctions on former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, several others

U.S. imposes sanctions on individuals and entities in Iran, Syria and Uganda over human rights abuses

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on more than a dozen people and entities in Iran, Syria and Uganda, accusing them of being connected to serious human rights abuses and repressive acts. In an action marking the week of the U.S. Summit for Democracy, the Treasury Department said in a statement it was targeting… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on individuals and entities in Iran, Syria and Uganda over human rights abuses

Iran rejects U.S. call for UN inspectors’ access to nuclear site

Iran on Tuesday rejected a U.S. call to grant U.N. inspectors access to a nuclear site, saying Washington was not qualified to demand inspections without condemning a sabotage attack on the facility, Iranian state media reported. “Countries that did not condemn terrorist acts against Iran’s nuclear site are not qualified to comment on inspections there,”… Read More Iran rejects U.S. call for UN inspectors’ access to nuclear site

U.S. carries out airstrikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria

The United States said on Sunday it carried out another round of air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, this time in response to drone attacks by the militia against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq. In a statement, the U.S. military said it targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations… Read More U.S. carries out airstrikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Israeli officials for talks on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met the head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency and its ambassador to Washington on Thursday, and the Israeli officials expressed “deep concern” about Iran’s nuclear activities, according to a person familiar with the matter. The meeting in Washington followed talks this week between U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Israeli officials for talks on Iran

Iran calls for prisoner exchange with U.S. as nuclear talks continue

Iran on Tuesday renewed a call for a prisoner exchange with the United States as the longtime foes continue talks with world powers over a possible U.S. return to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers. The powers sought on Tuesday to speed up efforts to bring Washington and Tehran back into compliance with the… Read More Iran calls for prisoner exchange with U.S. as nuclear talks continue