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Monthly Archives: May 2019

Oman says it’s working to ease US-Iran tensions

Al-Arabia – Oman is trying “with other parties” to ease tensions between the United States and Iran, the Omani Foreign Ministry tweeted on Friday. The tweet cited Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, who met on Monday in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.“There is a danger that a war breaks out, …

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Japan PM Abe considering visit to Iran as early as mid-June

AL-Arabia – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Iran as early as mid-June, NHK national television said on Friday. The news comes during a tense standoff between Iran and the United States and follows a visit to Japan last week by Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Abe is likely to discuss the possible Iran visit with US President …

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Trump says willing to consider sending more troops to counter Iran

Al-Arabia – US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was willing to consider sending more US troops to the Middle East to counter Iran. He said he doubted that the US needs to send additional troops, as he prepared to meet Pentagon officials to discuss it later in the day.US military leaders have discussed sending some 5,000 troops …

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Iraq urges Iran to respect nuclear accord

Al-Arabia – Iraq’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim on Friday called on Iran to respect the landmark deal covering its nuclear program, which has been weakened by the US decision to withdraw from it and Tehran’s backing away from certain commitments. “We think the JCPOA is a good agreement,” said al-Hakim, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed …

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Iran Publicly Hangs Prisoner In Western City Of Hamedan

Iran-HRM – The Iranian regime’s judiciary hanged a prisoner in public today in Hamedan, west of Iran, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. The prisoner identified as Mehdi Cheraghi Far, had been sentenced to on the charge of “waging war against God through armed robbery.” There was no private plaintiff in his dossier who was accused of armed robbery of …

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Iranian Foreign Minister In Pakistan Amid Growing Tensions With U.S.

RFL/RE – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, amid growing tensions between Tehran and Washington. On arrival in the Pakistani capital on May 23, Zarif called on the international community to take steps to counter U.S. “aggressive” and “bullying approach” against Iran, according to Fars. “Currently our region is …

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Rohani: Iran Won’t Surrender, Even If It’s Bombed

RFL/RE – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said that his country will not surrender to U.S. pressure even if it is bombed, amid growing tensions between Tehran and Washington.Rohani made the comments on May 23, as Iran’s top military chief warned that any enemy “adventurism” would meet a crushing response.Relations between Tehran and Washington have plummeted since President Donald Trump …

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Pentagon Denies Media Reports Detailing Mideast Troop Increase

VOA — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has denied reports that between 5,000 and 10,000 U.S. troops could be sent to the Middle East to defend against a potential threat by Iran. “There is no 10,000. There’s no 5,000. That’s not accurate,” he told reporters, referring to a Reuters report that the Pentagon was considering sending 5,000 defensive troops to the …

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Iran Tells German Envoy Its Patience Is Over, Fars Reports

VOA — Iran told a German envoy seeking to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal that its patience was over and urged the treaty’s remaining signatories to fulfill their commitments after the United States pulled out, the Fars news agency reported on Thursday. Jens Ploetner, a political director in the German Foreign Ministry, met Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. A …

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