Reluctant Trump grants sanctions relief to Iran one last time

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Jan 12 : U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the “terrible flaws” of the 2015 nuclear deal. A senior administration official said Trump wants the deal strengthened with […]

Call out Iran but keep nuclear deal, Germany says to US

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Jan 11 : Europe and the United States should confront Tehran about its ballistic weapons programme and its role in Syria’s civil war but a 2015 deal to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb must be preserved, Germany’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Speaking before a meeting with his counterparts […]

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Jan 10 : Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. Comments on his Twitter feed and in Iranian media underscored the establishment’s confidence that it has extinguished the unrest that […]

Iran stages pro-government rallies, cleric urges firm punishment for protest leaders

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA, Jan 5 : Tens of thousands of government supporters rallied across Iran on Friday, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and accusing arch enemy the United States of instigating the largest anti-government protests in nearly a decade, state TV reported. Tehran’s Friday prayer leader called on authorities to deal “firmly” with […]

Iranian Nobel laureate urges U.S. to back protests with “political sanctions”

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON, Jan 4 : Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi urged the United States and international community to support nationwide protests in Iran with political sanctions and not economic measures that could hit the general population. The protests, which began over economic hardships suffered by the young and working class, pose one […]

Iran holds pro-government rallies after 6th day of protests

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON, Jan 3 : Pro-government rallies in several Iranian cities drew thousands of marchers on Wednesday, following six days of rare unrest that took the country’s leaders off guard. State television broadcast live pictures of rallies in Kermanshah, Ilam and Gorgan, where marchers waved Iranian flags and pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah […]