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Iran unveils next generation missile

Iran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile on Monday and vowed to further boost its capabilities, Iranian media said, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. State broadcaster IRIB said the new Fateh Mobin missile had “successfully passed its tests” and …

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Can the US make Iran sanctions stick?

By James M. Dorsey Recent Iranian trade figures suggest that the United Arab Emirates, a strong backer of US efforts to squeeze Iran economically, could emerge alongside China as the Islamic republic’s foremost lifeline in seeking to blunt the impact of harsh sanctions. Russia and …

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US, Iran: Is Trump shooting from the hip or following a script?

By James M. Dorsey Message to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Tel Aviv: Not to worry, US President Donald J. Trump has no intention of meeting his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, unconditionally. On the contrary, Mr. Trump’s surprise announcement that he is willing to talk to …

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Trump, Iran drama escalates — via Twitter

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Tensions are mounting between Donald Trump and Iran — the US president’s raw tweet threatening Tehran was met Monday with a similarly bilious reply, upping the ante in the high-stakes game of diplomatic chicken. Trump’s tweeted warning late Sunday to Iranian President …

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Battle for Iran: Policy or regime change?

By James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The clash, shrouded in …

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Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal

GENEVA (AFP) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland on Monday at the start of European trip billed as of “prime importance” after the US pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. The tour, which also includes a stop …

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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and …

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Chabahar Port to be operational by 2019

TEHRAN -UNS: India declares to make Chabahar Port in Iran operational by 2019, regardless of threat of transformed US sanctions against Tehran. Chabahar port complex in Iran is a new transportation access strip for land-locked Afghanistan, which may result in opening way for millions of …

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Saudi effort to isolate Iran internationally produces results

By James M. Dorsey Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that …

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Europe has 60 days to give nuclear ‘guarantees’: Iran

BRUSSELS -AFP-UNS : European countries have 60 days to provide “guarantees” to safeguard Iran’s interests after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, parliament’s website said quoting an Iranian official. “The Europeans have between 45 and 60 days to give the necessary guarantees …

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