Iran says new US sanctions mean ‘the permanent closure for diplomacy’

World 06/25/19, 03:27

Iran on Tuesday sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's supreme leader and other top officials, saying the measures spell the "permanent closure" for diplomacy between the two nations. For his part, Iran's president described the White House as "afflicted by mental retardation." President Hassan Rouhani went on to ...

Iran’s president says country could hold vote over nuke deal

Asia & Pacific 05/26/19, 05:34

Iran's president has suggested the Islamic Republic could hold a referendum over the country's nuclear program amid the unraveling deal with world powers and heightened tensions with the United States, Iranian media reported Sunday. According to the official IRNA news agency, President Hassan Rouhani, who was last week publicly chastised by ...

Analysis: Iran supreme leader comments signal strategy shift

Asia & Pacific 05/23/19, 11:03

For years, Iran's supreme leader only criticized the West over Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Now, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is publicly chastising the country's elected president and his foreign minister as the accord unravels amid heightened tensions with the U.S. By naming President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ...

Iran’s supreme leader makes uranium enrichment threat

World 05/15/19, 04:26

Iran's supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that "no one is seeking war," saying it wouldn't be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the U.S., state media reported Wednesday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments late ...

Iran cleric linked to 1988 mass executions to lead judiciary

Asia & Pacific 03/07/19, 11:47

A hard-line cleric once thought to be a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader was appointed head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary Thursday, sparking concern from rights activists over his involvement in the execution of thousands in the 1980s. Ebrahim Raisi was named to the post in a decree by Supreme ...

Syrian president visits Iran in rare trip abroad

World 02/25/19, 13:05

Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Iran and met with officials there on a rare trip abroad in which he thanked the Islamic Republic for its support throughout Syria's conflict, official news agencies in Syria and Iran said.Assad met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on the ...

Iran’s supreme leader says talks with US can only ‘harm’

Asia & Pacific 02/13/19, 06:51

Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday that negotiations with the U.S. "will bring nothing but material and spiritual harm" in remarks just ahead of an American-led meeting on the Mideast in Warsaw that's expected to largely focus on the Islamic Republic. The comments from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were part of a seven-page ...

Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia

World 09/25/18, 05:09

An Iranian media outlet close to the country's hard-line Revolutionary Guard published a video Tuesday threatening the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with missile attacks, further raising regional tensions after a weekend militant attack on a military parade in Iran.The video tweeted and later deleted by ...

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