Tag: Iran

E.U. Foreign Ministers Scramble to Save Iran Deal

BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday scrambled to work out how to salvage the Iran nuclear deal despite Tehran’s breaching the agreed limits on its uranium enrichment program and warnings that it might go much further. Arriving at the meeting, the British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said there was a […]

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U.K. Offers to Return Seized Iranian Oil Tanker

Britain offered on Saturday to return a seized Iranian tanker if Tehran provided guarantees that the oil would not go to Syria. The offer appeared to be an effort to cool down relations between the two countries at a time when tensions between Iran and Washington have raised fears of a military conflict and threatened […]

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Iranian Boats Tried to Block British Tanker in Persian Gulf, U.K. Says

LONDON — A British warship forced three Iranian boats to back off after they sought to block a British tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday, in the latest escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West. “Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the […]

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3 Iranian Boats Tried to Block British Tanker in Persian Gulf, U.K. Says

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Three Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz, Britain said Thursday, signaling a further escalation of tensions over a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving “verbal warnings” from a […]

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U.S. Accuses Iran of ‘Nuclear Extortion’ and Vows More Sanctions

BRUSSELS — The United States on Wednesday accused Iran of “nuclear extortion” and threatened further sanctions against Tehran, which has begun stockpiling and enriching uranium beyond the limits set in the 2015 accord that President Trump has abandoned. The United States called an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna on Wednesday […]

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It’s Plainly Obvious That Donald Trump Has No Iran Policy

What, precisely, does Donald Trump want to do with Iran? It’s increasingly clear that even he doesn’t know the answer to that question. Last month, the president seemed close to taking military action against Iran over the still-mysterious bombing of two foreign tankers in the Gulf of Oman—and then nothing happened. Shortly after, Trump approved […]

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The Iran Crisis: How We Got There and What’s Next

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Monday that Iran had resumed enriching uranium to higher levels than permitted under a 2015 accord with the United States and other world powers. The step inches Tehran closer to having the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. President Trump’s administration has vowed to prevent Iran from developing such […]

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Maximum Diplomacy Can Prevent War With Iran

On Sunday, Iran announced that it had breached the limit on uranium enrichment — fissile purity of 3.67 percent required for electricity generation — detailed in the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other international powers. It has threatened to go further. President Hassan Rouhani had said on Wednesday that Iran would enrich […]

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Iran Says It Has Surpassed Critical Nuclear Enrichment Level in 2015 Deal

LONDON — Iran has breached a crucial limit on the level of uranium enrichment set out in the 2015 nuclear deal, the country’s atomic energy agency said on Monday, as China, another signatory to the deal, accused the United States of “bullying” Tehran with crippling economic sanctions. Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran’s atomic energy […]

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Iran Announces New Breach of Nuclear Deal Limits, and Threatens Further Violations

Iran said on Sunday that within hours it would breach the limits on uranium enrichment set four years ago in an accord with the United States and other international powers that was designed to keep Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon. The latest move inches Iran closer to where it was before the accord: on […]

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In His Own Words: Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, the Iranian most closely associated with the 2015 nuclear agreement, has come under fire in Tehran and Washington as the deal approaches collapse. Hard-liners in Tehran accuse him of falling for false promises from the Americans. Trump administration officials call him a trickster who acts like a moderate while remaining […]

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Gibraltar Detains Syria-Bound Tanker Thought to Be Carrying Iranian Oil

LONDON — The authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday detained a supertanker that they said was carrying crude oil to Syria, in violation of European Union sanctions against Syria. Shipping experts said that the tanker, the Grace 1, appeared to be carrying Iranian cargo, in an apparent attempt to circumvent United States sanctions imposed by President […]

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Rouhani Says Iran Will Begin Enriching Uranium at Higher Level in Days

LONDON — Iran will “take the next step” on Sunday in enriching uranium beyond the levels specified under its 2015 accord with the United States and other global powers, President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday, according to state news outlets. Mr. Rouhani’s pledge to accelerate the country’s uranium enrichment is the latest step in an escalating […]

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Iran Passed Its Uranium Limit. What Happens Next?

Amid escalating tensions with the United States, Iran has surpassed the limit on the uranium supply permitted under the 2015 nuclear agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Monday. The breach of the cap does not by itself give the country the material to produce a nuclear weapon. But it is the strongest signal […]

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What Iran Can Learn From North Korea

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump made history over the weekend when he became the first sitting American president to step into North Korea. But the biggest impact of that gesture may have been on Iran. [For an exclusive look […]

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To Evade Sanctions on Iran, Ships Vanish in Plain Sight

A week ago, a small tanker ship approached the Persian Gulf after a 19-day voyage from China. The captain, as required by international rules, reported the ship’s position, course, speed and another key detail: It was riding high in the water, meaning it was probably empty. Then the Chinese-owned ship, the Sino Energy 1, went […]

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The Welcome Humiliation of John Bolton

Say this for Donald Trump. He may be transforming American politics into a kleptocratic fascist reality show and turning our once-great country into a global laughingstock, but as least he’s humiliating John Bolton in the process. Many people who get involved with this president end up diminished, embarrassed or, in quite a few cases, indicted. […]

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Mossad Chief Bluntly Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks

HERZLIYA, Israel — The head of Israel’s intelligence service said flatly on Monday that Iran was directly responsible for the repeated attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, along with other targets in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, that have raised tensions in the Middle East. “They are a single campaign initiated by a single […]

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Iran Is Rushing to Build a Nuclear Weapon — and Trump Can’t Stop It

President Trump says he wants to make sure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons. His policy, however, is having the opposite effect: It is giving Tehran a powerful incentive to go nuclear, while at the same time making it increasingly difficult for the United States to prevent that. On Monday the official Iranian news agency announced […]

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Trump’s Iran Strategy Will Fail. Here’s Why.

As tensions with Tehran escalate, Washington has been struggling to understand the internal thinking of the Iranian government, and especially that of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The organization, which functions as an elite military branch and a bulwark of the country’s revolution, is today the most powerful force within Iran’s complicated political structure. Understand […]

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