Israel opposes Syria truce deal over Iran presence: official

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the southwest Syria ceasefire agreed by Russia and the US since it would enable Iran to solidify its presence there, an official said Monday. The July 9 accord creating a de-escalation zone in the Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida regions includes areas that have seen Israel retaliate over stray fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights […]

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Rouhani looks to beat hard-liner as Iran prepares to vote

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political future on opening Iran ever so slightly to the outside world and overcoming hard-liners’ opposition to secure a historic nuclear deal in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. He’ll soon find out if voters think it’s enough to keep him in the job. The 68-year-old cleric, a moderate within Iran’s political system, has […]

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In surprise move, Iran’s Ahmadinejad to run for president

Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday unexpectedly filed to run in the country’s May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Ahmadinejad’s decision will upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers. Though Rouhani has yet to formally […]

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Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord

EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini on Monday insisted the bloc will stand by the Iran nuclear accord, bluntly condemned by US President-elect Donald Trump, because it serves Europe’s security needs. “It is proof that diplomacy works and delivers… The European Union will continue to work for the respect and implementation of this extremely important deal, most of all for […]

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China warns against obstruction of Iran nuclear deal

Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal should not be “affected by any changes in the domestic situations” of countries involved, China’s foreign minister warned Monday, as US president-elect Donald Trump threatens to abandon it. The agreement, signed in Vienna in July 2015 and in force since January, was the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama’s second term. It calls on […]

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Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions

Iran’s foreign minister condemned the U.S. Senate’s extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation, state TV reported Saturday. On Thursday the Senate voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. The measure will now be sent to outgoing President Barack Obama to sign. Iran’s state television quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that the extension “shows the lack […]

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Iran chastises Russia for publicizing use of Iranian bases

Iran’s defense minister criticized Russia on Monday for having “kind of show-off and ungentlemanly” attitude for publicizing that it used an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes on Syria, the first sign of government dissent over the unprecedented stationing of foreign troops in the Islamic Republic. The comments by Gen. Hossein Dehghan come after he chastised parliament this weekend for […]

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