Tag: Rouhani, Hassan

Trump and Tehran Shake Up the Middle East

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it bizarre that the Republican leadership is (rightly) going nuts over President Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in Syria while it’s ignoring his betrayal of the U.S. Constitution at home. If only Lindsey Graham & Co. were as eager to defend our democracy as they are […]

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Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War

After years of growing hostility and competition for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps toward indirect talks to try to reduce the tensions that have brought the Middle East to the brink of war, according to officials from several countries involved in the efforts. Even the prospect of such talks represents a remarkable […]

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Brother of Iran’s President Is Sentenced to Prison for Corruption

The brother of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges, the state news media reported on Tuesday, and four people were sentenced on charges of spying for the United States and Britain, with one person facing the death penalty. The penalties added to the perception that Mr. […]

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How Iran’s President Left Trump Hanging, and Macron in the Hall

The telephone line had been secretly set up. President Trump waited on the other end. All President Hassan Rouhani of Iran had to do was come out of his hotel suite and walk into a secure room where Mr. Trump’s voice would be piped in via speaker. Mr. Rouhani and his aides were blindsided by […]

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Will Trump’s Bluster Force His Hand on Iran?

The only solace in the current American standoff with Iran is that President Trump seems not to want to risk a war. That is of some comfort in a crisis that has left the United States looking weak and untrustworthy. But the crisis could still descend into armed conflict, and that is largely attributable to […]

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In Clashing Accounts, Trump and Rouhani Explain Why U.N. Meeting Fell Through

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said Friday that President Trump had offered to meet with him at the United Nations this week and then lift all sanctions, but that Mr. Rouhani declined because the “optics” of such a meeting were unacceptable. Mr. Rouhani’s assertions, reported on his website as he returned home from the United […]

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Trump-Rouhani Meeting Was a Near Miss, but Iran Leaves the Door Open

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran never met President Trump in New York this week. It was a near miss, according to European officials, who were desperately trying to avert a conflict by putting the two adversaries together in a room and hoping for the best. But in the hours before he took off on Thursday […]

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New U.S. Sanctions Bite Iran as Its President Says No Meeting With Trump

UNITED NATIONS — The United States announced new economic penalties against Iran’s largest oil customer on Wednesday, further squeezing Tehran as its president told the United Nations he would not negotiate with an “enemy who uses sanction and poverty as a tool.” The actions and statements by both countries appeared to rule out what would […]

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A Year Later, Iran Finds Evaporating Sympathy at the U.N.

When Iran’s president and foreign minister arrived in New York a year ago for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, they were riding high. At news conferences and in television appearances, they cast President Trump as an untrustworthy deal-breaker, and European leaders largely sided with the pair in a desperate effort to preserve […]

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Iran’s President May Skip U.N. Meeting, Blaming U.S. Obstacles

Iran’s president and other officials might not attend a United Nations gathering in New York next week because of obstacles raised by the United States, an Iranian state news outlet reported on Wednesday. Tehran and Washington have been locked in a tense standoff over an attack on Saudi Arabia this past weekend for which American […]

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Trump Hits Back After Ally Denounces ‘Weakness’ With Iran

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — President Trump engaged in a long-distance debate over Iran with one of his closest allies on Tuesday as Republicans sought to influence the administration’s response to the attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend. Mr. Trump, who was in California for campaign fund-raising events, lashed out on Twitter […]

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Who Really Attacked Saudi Arabia?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump is saying that Iran appears to be responsible for the weekend attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. We look at where things are likely to go from here. [For an exclusive look at […]

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Trump’s Deference to Saudis in Setting Terms for How U.S. Should Respond to Attacks Touches a Nerve

WASHINGTON — After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was “locked and loaded,” a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back. But then he promised to wait for Saudi Arabia to tell him “under what terms we would proceed.” […]

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‘Locked and Loaded,’ but for What?

Whether conducted by Houthi rebels in Yemen, Shiite rebels in Iraq or by Iran itself, the drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities early Saturday amount to a sharp provocation against the United States. And at this dangerous moment, President Trump has few options, few allies, a depleted national security team and little credibility. It remained […]

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Iran Rules Out Meeting Between Trump and Rouhani

Iran has dismissed the possibility of a meeting between the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and President Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week, the country’s state-run news media reported on Monday. “Neither is such a plan on our agenda nor will such a thing happen,” Seyed Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman […]

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Iran Rejects U.S. Accusation It Is Responsible for Saudi Attacks

Iran on Sunday forcefully rejected charges by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was responsible for drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations, with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry dismissing his remarks as “maximum lies.” The attacks on Saturday, which hold the potential to disrupt global oil […]

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Trump Leaves Open Possibility of Easing Iranian Sanctions to Spur Nuclear Talks

WASHINGTON — President Trump left open the possibility on Wednesday of relaxing economic sanctions against Iran before starting new nuclear negotiations, seeming to undercut his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran in favor of striking a diplomatic deal. Hours earlier, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said that the United States must lift its bruising sanctions […]

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What John Bolton’s Ouster Says About Donald Trump

Of the questions surrounding the defenestration of John Bolton as President Trump’s third national security adviser — Did he jump? Was he shoved? — the least interesting is the question of who will succeed him on the parapet. It’s unlikely to matter much. Regardless of who has advised Mr. Trump on foreign affairs — generals […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iranian Shipping Network

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on an elaborate shipping network that Iran uses to sell oil, and unveiled a $15 million reward to anyone with information that disrupts the scheme, stepping up its effort to exert pressure on the Iranian economy. The sanctions were the latest in a flurry of actions […]

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Trump Denies U.S. Responsibility in Iranian Missile Base Explosion

A mysterious explosion on Thursday at an Iranian space center prompted speculation that it was American sabotage, rather than an accident, that was responsible for the third successive failure of Tehran’s efforts to show it could loft satellites into orbit. As pictures from commercial satellites of a rocket’s smoking remains began to circulate, President Trump […]

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