U.S. in talks with Iran over detained American citizens

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States had begun to communicate with Iran over the country’s detention of American citizens, calling the matter a “complete and utter outrage”. Iran has arrested dozens of dual nationals, including several Americans, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights activists accuse the… Read More U.S. in talks with Iran over detained American citizens

Iran insists that U.S. sanctions must be lifted before any talks

Tehran said on Sunday the United States must first lift sanctions on Iran if it wants to talk about salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal, reiterating its stance that it will not make the first move to restore the pact with major powers. President Joe Biden’s administration said last week it was ready to talk to… Read More Iran insists that U.S. sanctions must be lifted before any talks

Iran assures immediate reversal of nuclear programme actions if U.S. sanctions are lifted

Iran will “immediately reverse” actions in respect of its nuclear programme when U.S. sanctions are lifted, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, reiterating Tehran’s position on Washington’s offer to revive talks. The Joe Biden administration said on Thursday it was ready to revive a 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers that former… Read More Iran assures immediate reversal of nuclear programme actions if U.S. sanctions are lifted

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posts Trump-like image with drone, threatens revenge

The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a threat of revenge over last year’s killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack. The image first appeared on a Persian-language Twitter feed that carried… Read More Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posts Trump-like image with drone, threatens revenge

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to return to 2015 nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Biden, who takes office on Wednesday, has said the United States will rejoin the pact that includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work if Tehran resumes strict compliance. “The ball… Read More Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to return to 2015 nuclear deal

U.S. imposes sanctions on foreign companies over business transactions with Iran

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and on three Iranian entities over conventional arms proliferation. They are the latest in a series of measures aimed at stepping up pressure on Tehran in the… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on foreign companies over business transactions with Iran

U.S. imposes sanctions on foundations of Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two Iranian foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and their subsidies, saying the institutions enabled Iran’s elite to sustain a “corrupt” system of ownership over large parts of the economy. The designations announced by the U.S. Treasury Department target Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) and Astan… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on foundations of Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

U.S. slams fresh sanctions on Chinese and Iranian companies

The United States on Tuesday blacklisted a Chinese company that makes elements for steel production, 12 Iranian steel and metals makers and three foreign-based sales agents of a major Iranian metals and mining holding company, seeking to deprive Iran of revenues as U.S. President Donald Trump’s term winds down. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury… Read More U.S. slams fresh sanctions on Chinese and Iranian companies