Iran Threatens to Quit Nuclear Deal Within Hours If New US Sanctions Imposed

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned this week that Tehran may abandon the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), within hours if the U.S. continues imposing new sanctions. THE ANTI MEDIA In a speech to parliament on Tuesday, Rouhani said Donald Trump was “not a good partner.” “Those who try to return to the language of threats and sanctions are prisoners of their past delusions,” Rouhani also said in a televised address. “If they want to go ...
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Iran Threatens to Shoot Down US Planes

FOX NEWS Iran threatened to shoot down two US Navy surveillance aircraft flying close to Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf over the weekend, the latest in a series of recent provocations between Iran and the US military in the region, three US defense officials with knowledge of the incident told Fox News. On Sept. 10, a Navy P-8 Poseidon with a crew of nine and an EP-3 Eries with a crew of roughly 24, were flying a reconnaissance mission 13 miles off the coast of Iran, through the Per...
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Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties with Iran

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia announced it will cut all diplomatic ties with Iran. Saudi Arabian officials have 48 hours to leave the country. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference that "Riyadh will not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom's security," according to Reuters. He added: "The Iranian regime has a long record of violating foreign diplomatic missions." The move comes following an attack by protestors on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran in retali...
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Iran Ships Uranium to Russia under Nuclear Deal

Iran fulfilled a key commitment under its nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers on Monday when it shipped more than 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium to Russia. Secretary of State John Kerry praised the move in a statement that also briefly alluded to new disputes over the deal, which is expected to be fully implemented sometime in January. "This removal of all this enriched material out of Iran is a significant step toward Iran meeting its commitment to have no more than 300...
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US Warship Yards from Iran Rockets

Senior U.S. military commanders on Wednesday accused Iran's military of "highly provocative" actions in firing unguided rockets 1,500 yards from ships including an American aircraft carrier. The USS Harry S. Truman was crossing international waters in the Strait of Hormuz when Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRCGN) conducted a live-fire exercise right nearby, according to a statement. US aircraft carrier has 'close call' with Iranian rockets0:30 An Iranian navy atta...
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Iran, Russia discuss BRICS, SCO summits

Russia and Iran have held consultations ahead of two major summits by members of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) nations to call for regional integration. The BRICS and SCO summits of the world’s major emerging economies will take place on July 8-10 in the Russian city of Ufa. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said he hoped Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would attend the events. The Russian official met Iran’s Ambassador in Moscow Mehdi Sanaei to discuss pre...
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US Offers Iran High-Tech Nuclear Reactors

The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms, according to a confidential document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The draft document — one of several technical appendices meant to accompany the main text of any deal — has dozens of bracketed text where disagreements remain. Technical cooperation is the least contro...
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Russia Begins Construction on Iran Nuke Plant

Russia announced on Monday that it would start construction this year on a second nuclear plant in Iran, according to regional reports. Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation made the announcement early on Monday, stating that it will begin building a second nuclear power plant in Iran’s southern region later this year, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency. Meanwhile, an earthquake struck Monday morning near the site of Iran’s current nuclear power plant in Bushe...
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Arab Gulf Leaders No Longer Trust America

Arab Gulf leaders meeting with President Barack Obama at Camp David this week are expected to seek big security guarantees from the United States. Some states want new, advanced weaponry such as the F-35 fighter jet and Gulf diplomats in Washington said they wanted a formal defense treaty with the United States. For its part, the Obama Administration has said the Camp David summit will focus on defense cooperation on ballistic missile defense, cyber warfare, and terrorism. Washington is also ...
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Iran: US Policies & Actions Are a Threat

Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, Commander of Iran’s Ground Forces lashed out at US foreign policy and rhetoric in a statement broadcast on Wednesday’s “CNN Newsroom.” Pourdastan said, according to CNN’s translation, “at the moment, we consider the United States to be a threat to us, because its policies and actions are threatening to us. We would like the US to change its rhetoric and tone of voice so that our nation could have more trust in US military leadership.” SOURCE  
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Russia: Lifting Iran Sanctions is in our Interest

The total removal of sanctions against Iran will benefit Russia’s interests and economy, as well as bring stability to the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. He noted there is no UN ban on oil and gas trade with Tehran “The lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions – both those imposed by the United Nations Security Council and all unilateral restrictions – meets our national interests,” Lavrov said in an exclusive interview with Argumenty i Fakty (Arguments & Facts) weekly. “We...
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US Option for Iran Intact Despite Russian Missiles

The delivery of Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Iran will not affect America's ability to strike at Tehran's nuclear facilities if necessary, top US military officer said Thursday. "We've known about the potential for that system to be sold to Iran for several years and have accounted for it in all of our plans," General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference. The United States for years has refused to rule out possible military action to sto...
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Netanyahu Compares Iran to Nazi Germany

In a speech already winning attention in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday compared Washington's deal with Iran to Europe's appeasement of Adolf Hitler which led to the Holocaust and world war. In a speech at a Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Netanyahu said, "Democracies cannot turn their eyes away from the dictatorships of the world that seek to spread their influence." He noted that "ahead of World War II, the world...
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China to Build Iran Five More Nuclear Plants

Iran announced that China has agreed to assist in the building of five new nuclear plants across the country, according to Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI). Iran plans to enlist the Chinese in the construction of five new nuclear plants similar in size and scope to the plant currently operating near Bushehr. Iran’s insistence on building more nuclear power plants has become a key concern for critics of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with the Islamic Republic, as these nuclear...
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US Concerned over Russian S-300 Deal with Iran

The United States is concerned over Russia's possible deliveries of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran in connection with Tehran's actions in the region, although such developments would not violate sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic by the UN Security Council, US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf has said. Harf’s comment followed reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to lift the ban on S-300 deliveries to Tehran. However, she said the US be...
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